When Should You Seek Help?
People are always welcome to come to counseling services for any kind of issue, but I generally recommend that a person should get help when their problems are getting in the way of their studies or interfering with their ability to function normally. Occasionally when people are upset, they temporarily feel unable to study, eat, and/or sleep normally. However, if the problem continues or has serious consequences, it is important to seek help for it.
TALKING TO A COUNSELOR CAN BE HELPFUL WHEN:
- A problem is impacting your academic performance or affecting your relationships.
- You are feeling anxious, down/ depressed, or overwhelmed.
- You are concerned about friends, roommates, romantic partners or problems at home.
- You are affected by an event such as being away from home; a death or loss; an end or beginning of a relationship; or a national or world event such as Hurricane Sandy.
...OR ANY TIME YOU WANT TO TALK TO SOMEONE FOR HELP.
IT IS NEVER TOO SOON OR TOO LATE TO CALL COUNSELING & WELLNESS SERVICES.
Some students may feel that their problem isn't important, and they should be able to deal with it by themselves. But if a problem is beginning to have an impact on your academic performance or on your relationships, maybe it is time to talk about it with someone else who can be objective. Even if your academic work and grades are OK, if you are feeling anxious, sad or down, or having another problem that goes on for more than two weeks, please consider discussing this with me.
Sometimes students get into a downward spiral because of a problem and then they just decide things have gone too far and no one can help. It is true that some problems are more complicated, but counseling can help you devise a plan.
Sometimes students are concerned not about themselves, but more about a friend’s, roommate’s, or family member’s problem(s). Students sometimes get into "caretaking relationships" with their friends, roommates, partners, or family members. While that is certainly understandable with people you are close to, this can get to the point where the caretaking significantly interferes with your life, studies and relationships. Students sometimes become so worried the other person(s) that they can't study, concentrate, or relax. Please consider consulting with me to make sure your friend gets the help they need, but also to help you re-focus.