Signs & Symptoms of a Distressed Student
- Excessive procrastination and very poorly prepared work, especially if this is inconsistent with previous work.
- Dependency. For example, the student who hangs around you or makes excessive appointments to see you during office hours.
- Listlessness, lack of energy, or frequently falling asleep in class.
- Marked changes in personal hygiene.
- Impaired speech or garbled, disjointed thoughts.
- Homicidal threats.
- Behavior which regularly interferes with the decorum or effective management of your class.
- Overtly suicidal thoughts--i.e., referring to suicide as a current option.
- High levels of irritability, including unruly, aggressive, violent, or abrasive behavior.
- Inability to make decisions despite your repeated attempts to clarify and to encourage.
- Dramatic weight loss or weight gain.
- Bizarre or strange behavior which is obviously inappropriate to the situation, like talking to "invisible" people.
- Normal emotions that are displayed to an extreme degree for a prolonged period of time--i.e., fearfulness, tearfulness, nervousness, etc.
Additional Guidance: Related Links:Guidelines for Interacting with a Distressed Student Making a Referral Workshops & PresentationsOnline Screenings
Referring a Student - (PDF Brochure)
Identifying the High Risk Student - (PowerPoint Presentation)
How to Identify and Refer a Distressed Student - (PowerPoint Presentation)