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Resource information is listed below for your reference. Feel free to read through and/or download any of the materials you see here. Self-help materials are not meant to be a substitute for counseling/therapy but can be an excellent source of information to help individuals with mental health concerns or needs. While we encourage and recommend you to view the vast amount of information available online, we can not fully endorse all the information on these websites. Please feel free to contact the counseling center to schedule an appointment with a counselor at 607-431-4420.

CHECK THIS OUT! The University of Chicago offers an extensive online resource targeted specifically towards college students - student counseling virtual pamphlet collection - ranging in topics from anger and grief to sleep and wellness.

STRESS: While it varies among college students' individual situations, the following reasons are some of the main causes for college student stress:  

  • Pressure to Do Well: Whether it's pressure from family or the student's interior motivation, the desire to do the best and get perfect grades can put a great deal of stress on a college student.
  • Amount of Schoolwork: College work is much different from any schoolwork a student has ever done and this can make a college student feel overwhelmed quickly.
  • Social Acceptance: A college student may have many friends behind and must start over, particularly if they choose to go to school out of state. If the student is not confident and comfortable with social situations, the stress can become overwhelming.
  • Missing Family and Friends: Some college students have never been away from home and homesickness can really take a toll.
  • Problems at Home: If there are problems at home that the college student cannot go and help with, he or she feels powerless and stressed over the loss of control.
  • Peer Pressure: Wanting to fit in by drinking, partying, skipping class, or doing drugs can be detrimental to the student's grades and success in college.

Try RELAXATION EXERCISES and GUIDED IMAGERY! These techniques are effective in managing stress, tension and anxiety. Just clik the links, listen and follow along.

DEPRESSION: Depression is a common but serious mental illness typically marked by sad or anxious feelings. Most college students occasionally feel sad or anxious, but these emotions usually pass quickly-within a couple of days. Untreated depression lasts for a long time, interferes with day-to-day activities and is much more than just being "a little down" or "feeling blue."

ANXIETY: Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat.
ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS: Love is the one of the most profound emotions known to human beings. For most people, romantic relationships are one of the most meaningful elements in their lives. But the ability to have a healthy, loving relationship is not instinctive. Almost all of us have experienced a failed relationship, and most of us have to work consciously to master the skills necessary to make them flourish.
SEXUAL ASSAULT: Sexual Assault is non-consensual sexual intercourse and non-consensual sexual contact. Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse is: Any sexual intercourse (anal, oral, or vaginal), however slight, with any object, by a man or woman upon a man or woman, without effective consent. Non-Consensual Sexual Contact is: Any sexual touching (including disrobing or exposure), however slight, with any object, by a man or woman upon a man or woman, without effective consent.
BODY IMAGE: Body image is the mental picture you have of your body...what it looks like... what you believe about it... how you sense and control your body as you move... how you feel in your body.Everyone has a body image and it has strong strong emotional overtones based on our experiences in our lives. Our image of our body plays a major role in how we feel, what we do, whom we meet, whom we date and what career path we choose. 

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS/CHILDHOOD: Relationships among family members strongly affect the development of emerging adults. Family systems are complex; roles, responsibilites and expectations vary according to indivdual families' values, culuture and beliefs. Family relationships evolve throughout our life times. 

 

ALOCHOL AND OTHER DRUGS: Drug abuse, dependence and addiction ~ what's it all mean? Drug abuse can lead to dependence or addiction. Drug abuse is the recurrent use of drugs with negative consquences (problems in school, work, home, relationships or with the law). Drug dependence is when a person needs a drug to function normally. Drug addiction is the compulsive use of a substance (physical and psychological), despite its negative or dangerous effects. 
SEXUALITY: Sexuality is more than sex. It often involves four main components; sexual health, intimacy and relationships, sensuality and gender/sexual identity. 
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