• Excessive absences or loss of motivation
  • Consistent failure to turn in work or complete tasks to deadlines
  • Marked changes in concentration
  • Neglect of personal responsibilities
  • Noticeable decline in quality of work or writing and class participation
  • Poor performance and preparation
  • Repeated requests for special consideration/subject withdrawal
  • Avoiding participation
  • Excessively anxious when called upon


  • Increased physical health complaints
  • Continual episodes of illness, colds, flu, etc.
  • Perspiring excessively
  • Having breathing difficulties 
  • Obvious intense pain
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Complaints of sleep problems
  • Falling asleep in unexpected circumstances

Emotional and Cognitive

  • Sustained low mood for most of the day
  • Being frequently tearful
  • Appearing vague
  • Experiencing repeated high levels of anxiety or panic attacks
  • Panic attacks 
  • Irritability
  • Unpredictable outbursts of anger
  • Increased agitation
  • Displaying speech patterns that seem pressured, racing or confused
  • Frequent negative statements about self and the future


  • Increased procrastination and avoidance of tasks
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Poor self-care and neglected personal hygiene
  • Being excessively demanding of others
  • Increase in impulsive behaviour
  • Self harm
  • Increase in alcohol or drug misuse
  • Talk of suicide (e.g., "I won’t be around to take that exam anyway." or "I’m not worried about getting a job, I won’t need one.")
  • Violent acts towards self and/or others
  • Extreme dependency on faculty or staff, including spending much time visiting during office hours or other times
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