A psychological crisis is a severe emotional disturbance which may occur when a student’s circumstances overwhelm their capacity to cope.
Symptoms or warning signs may include (but are not limited to):
– Risk of harm to self, others, or property
– Out of touch with reality; for example, seeing or hearing things that no one else sees or hears, or exhibiting bizarre behavior
– Extreme nervousness, confusion or sadness that begins suddenly and is beyond the basis of reality
– Uncontrollable behavior that is upsetting to others
– Changes in mood, behavior or thinking that are sudden or significantly different from the individual’s normative behavior such as not going to class or to the dining hall, withdrawing from all social contact, poor hygiene for at least several days
– Drug or alcohol overdose
Please note: If counseling staff become aware of a student or spouse who is at risk, appropriate steps will be taken to provide assessment and support.