Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Counseling Center

Campus Life

Students in distress

Certain behaviors or symptoms often indicate a student is experiencing psychological or emotional distress. Students who exhibit a number of these symptoms or behaviors over an extended period of time should be of particular concern.

  • Marked changes in academic performance, including significant deterioration in quality of work, consistently missed assignments, excessive procrastination, or avoidance of classroom participation
  • Excessive class absences or tardiness
  • Listlessness, lack of energy, or falling asleep in class
  • Unusual or bizarre behavior, including unexplained crying, laughing to self, very rapid speech, disorganized thinking, suspiciousness, or hearing voices
  • High levels of irritability, including angry outbursts or unruly behavior
  • Dramatic weight loss or weight gain
  • Psychosomatic symptoms, including nausea, stomach aches, headaches, or problems with eating or sleeping
  • Marked changes in personal hygiene or dress
  • Direct or indirect references to either suicide or intention to harm another person
  • Disturbances in personal relationships
  • Visible symptoms of anxiety or depressed mood

How to refer a distressed student

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