Dealing with Setbacks
Many college students suffer from anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns. So, it’s not surprising that with the demands and stress of college, setbacks can occur. Though you might be upset, keep in mind that experiencing a setback doesn’t mean you’re doomed. Finding the right approach to managing your emotional condition and knowing what to do when a setback happens can help you get back on track.
Spot the Signs
To minimize setbacks and their impact, learn their signs. Before coming to college, talk to your therapist about creating a list of warning signs — specific to you ¬—to watch out for. This way, you can prevent a setback from getting worse. Your list might include signs like “crying easily, waking up anxious every day, eating less, getting mad quickly, skipping class, having a tough time concentrating on work.” By spotting the warning signs early, you can get help sooner, and get better faster.
Use Your Support Network
College is a fast-paced environment with many obligations. Managing the daily demands can be difficult, especially if you’re a student struggling with an emotional health issue.
Having a support system — including your treatment team, a college advisor and a few friends you trust — can make a big difference. So, if you’re falling behind academically, feeling stressed out or struggling in general, don’t be afraid to speak up and use your support system.
Learn About Academic Accommodations
If other approaches don’t work, you may consider checking with your school to see if special accommodations are available.
The law says that individuals with disabilities — usually that means anyone with physical or mental conditions that substantially limit one or more major life activities — are entitled to academic accommodations and reasonable modifications in school policies.
Academic accommodations vary according to an individual’s particular needs, but include things like additional time to complete exams, modified deadlines for assignments, reduced course load or alternate work assignments. Students might also be allowed to change roommates or rooms or have an aide or helper stay in their room.
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- Finding Help On Campus
- Getting Help
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- Medical Leave of Absence
- Mental Health Conditions: Privacy and Telling Others
- Preventing Suicide
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- The Basics: Alcohol and Drug Dependence and Abuse
- The Basics: Anxiety Disorders
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- The Basics: Eating Disorders
- The Basics: Schizophrenia
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- The Negative Effects of Stress
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- Transferring Treatment to College
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- What Every Student Needs to Know
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- Your First Counseling Appointment: Questions to Ask