Common Signs of Distress

Sometimes you may encounter a student with emotional pain. Many individuals become overwhelmed by stress at some point in college or life. Additionally, a few people experience traumatic events such as sexual assault, discrimination, hate crimes and/or sexual harassment.

By being available, aware, and ready to listen, you can play an important role in helping an individual regain the emotional balance needed to cope and get back on track.

How will I recognize that a person is in distress?

Some of the most common signs include poor academic or work performance, excessive absences, repeated requests for special help, avoiding or dominating discussions, excessive anxiety when speaking in class, disruptive behavior, troubling emails, Facebook remarks, and references to suicide or isolation from family.

What red flags signs should I look for?
  • Depressed mood
  • Hyperactivity
  • Crying
  • Angry outbursts
  • Change in personal hygiene
  • Dramatic weight loss or gain
  • Strange or bizarre behavior