Red Flags to Look For

Classes and studying

  • Disinterest in course materials.
  • Disengagement overall, but specifically with classes.
  • Confusion about expectations in specific classes.
  • Lack of awareness of upcoming assignments or awareness of upcoming assignments that the student ignores.
    • "I'm really unmotivated," "I don't know how to start," "Everything is really confusing and disorganized."
  • Low class attendance/participation.
  • Mentioning/considering withdrawing from school or classes.
    • Dropping or changing long-term career paths (This is not always a red flag, but sometimes students will change their long-term plans to accommodate short-term difficulties when under intense stress).

Daily life

  • Poor health/wellness practices (sleeping too much or not enough, not eating well, hygiene, substance abuse/use, etc.)
    • "I don't have enough time to eat," "I forget to eat," "I have just been getting takeout."
  • Roommate difficulties.
  • Unable to follow a schedule or stick with plans/schedules that are created (making schedules or lists, but not following through with them).
  • Canceling plans frequently, reluctance to make new plans.
  • Changes in behavior.
    • Calling/contacting family members more frequently (or less frequently) during times of distress OR change in quantity/tone of contacts.
    • Oversleeping/lack of sleep.
      • "I'm really tired," "I'm not sleeping well," "I'm having trouble falling asleep," "I have trouble waking up."
  • Increased emotional sensitivity.
    • Easy to anger or easily distressed/upset by seemingly small events.
    • Increased feelings of anxiety, frustration, or guilt.
    • Difficulty being flexible or changing routines/behaviors (changes cause distress).