Recognizing Behaviors

Academic and Student Employment Indicators

  • Repeated absences from class or campus employment
  • Repeated missed assignments, exams, or appointments
  • Significant deterioration in the quality or quantity of work
  • Extreme disorganization or erratic performance
  • Patterns of extreme perfectionism or anxiety
  • Preoccupation with violence, death, isolation, despair, or depression in written or artistic work
  • Continual seeking of special provisions
  • Sending frequent, lengthy, “ranting”, or threatening emails to instructor

Behavioral Indicators

  • Direct statements indicating distress, despair, family problems, or loss
  • Angry or hostile outbursts, yelling or threatening comments
  • More withdrawn or animated than usual
  • Expressions of hopelessness or worthlessness; crying or tearfulness
  • Expressions of severe anxiety or irritability
  • Isolating self in residence hall room or apartment
  • Excessively demanding or dependent behavior

Physical Indicators

  • Deterioration in physical appearance or personal hygiene
  • Excessive fatigue or repeatedly falling asleep in class
  • Dramatic change in energy level, in either direction
  • Noticeable changes in weight or visible bingeing and purging
  • Noticeable physical injuries (cuts, bruises, burns, etc.)
  • Disorganized, slurred, or rapid speech; confusion
  • Shakiness, tremors, fidgeting, or pacing
  • Frequent or chronic illness
  • Chronic substance abuse