Topics & Resources
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.
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.Anxiety and Depression Association of America (website)
Freedom From Fear (website)
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.
- Effective Communication Skills
- Love's Loopy Logic
- Healthy vs. Unhealthy
- Campus Dating Violence
- Dating Violence Videos
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.Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (website)
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (website)
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.
- Transition to College
- Dysfunctional Families
- Your Parent's Divorce
- Child Abuse and Neglect
- Adverse Childhood Experiences
DRUG ABUSE: Drug use in America is more commonplace than it once was. In today's adolscent population over 90 percent have used alcohol. Over 50 percent have used marijuana, 17 percent admit to trying cocaine and 12.5 percent have used some form of hallucinogen.
- Alcohol and Other Drugs
- Facts about Alcohol Poisoning
- How Much Is Too Much?
- Marijuana - Effects on the Brain and Body
Alcoholics Anonymous* (website)
SEXUALITY: Sexuality is not just about sex. It often involves four main components; sexual health, intimacy and relationships, sensuality and gender/sexual identity.
OTHER USEFUL WEBSITES:
- Mind Matters Neurofeedback Centers *LOCAL office in Oneonta
- College Magazine
- Active Minds
- U Life Line
- Go Ask Alice
- Half of Us
- Love is Louder
- Tests, Tests, Tests
- Jed Foundation
- American Psychological Association
- National Institute of Mental Health
- National Mental Health Association
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Mental Health America