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Reasons to seek therapy

The following are some signs that may indicate the need to seek help:

  • Difficult changes in personal relationships
    Death of a family member or close friend; difficulties in intimate relationships; problems at home with family members; problems with roommates or friends.
  • Feelings of sadness for no apparent reason
    Prolonged feelings of despair and unhappiness; withdrawal; missing family; missing home; loneliness; lack of concentration; loss of interest in usual activities; eating changes; feelings of hopelessness and helplessness; sometimes wondering whether life is worth living.
  • Problems in academic performance
    Dramatic drop in grades; overwhelming / disabling test anxiety; sporadic class attendance; excessive procrastination and poor academic performance; dissatisfaction or confusion about your major or your career plans.
  • Excessive anxiety or fear
    Unexplained nervousness; panic; inability to sleep; avoidance of certain activities or situations; profound shyness; constant worrying.
  • Personality changes
    Unexplained and sudden shifts in mood or behavior; being overly argumentative, angry or aggressive; excessive alcohol consumption; habitual use of legal or illegal drugs; strong feelings of disconnectedness with one's self.
  • Physical complaints when no medical reasons can be found
    Frequent stomach aches; headaches; back or joint pain after a physical exam shows nothing; difficulty falling or staying asleep.
  • Desire to talk with a neutral person  
    You need someone to listen to you and give you an objective point of view.

You are not alone. Students come to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for a variety of reasons.  Students who seek therapy usually are experiencing discomfort or dissatisfaction in some aspect of their personal lives.  Common reasons include:  

  • Cultural stressors
  • Symptoms of depression (including hopelessness, sadness, lack of motivation, lack of enjoyment in things)
  • Symptoms of anxiety (including difficulty sleeping, racing heart, trouble calming down
  • Relationship distress (including roommate disputes, family issues, breakups, interpersonal challenges, difficulties with communication)
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Homesickness
  • Decision making and goal setting
  • Eating disorders / body image concerns
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Death, grief, and loss
  • Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse
  • Personal/Parental Divorce
  • Substance Use
  • Sexuality identity issues
  • Gender identity issues
  • Suicidal thoughts and non-suicidal self injurious behaviors

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