Emotional Wellness. Kevin Joyce, LPC Priti Shah, Ph.D. Office of Counseling Services. Objectives. Understand and identify what Emotional Wellness and Emotional/ Psychological is in students. Learn about some common psychological and emotional conditions among students.
Kevin Joyce, LPC
Priti Shah, Ph.D.
Office of Counseling Services
Difficulty making friends
Family Conflicts (Divorce, etc.)
Signs of Emotional/
Feelings of Hopelessness
Violent towards self or others
Not taking care of themselves physicallyNormal College Concerns v. Emotional/ Psychological Distress
Panic (i.e. Panic Attack)
Sudden and intense episodes of fear and anxiety that occur often and without warning.
Tense feeling or tightness
May last for 5-30 minutes
Cause may be unknown though could have certain triggers.
Feel like you are dying.
Fear of having more panic attack (panic disorder).
Fatigue/ lack of energy.
Appetite/weight gain or loss
Changes in the way a person moves (may move slower or may be agitated).
Apathy (lack of emotion, interest, or pleasure)
Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
Lack of concentration
Lack of motivation
Irritable or angry
Preoccupation with death or suicidal thinking.Signs of Depression
Ex.) A female student in her second semester begins going home each semester. Her roommates are a little concerned (but haven’t come to you officially, you’ve just “heard”), as she has also stopped eating with them, never comes out with them, but notice a little weight gain. You know that she’s interested in her spirituality and academically motivated, but for the past month, she’s had little interest in school, and seems to make it to about half her classes or no longer attends church. You have already decided to talk with her, and when you share some of your concerns, she states, “I just miss home.” and begins to cry.Depressed?
• 40% of female college students have eating disorders
• 91% of female college students have attempted to control their weight through dieting
Rituals around food prep & eating
Recent weight loss or gain (fluctuations).
Trips to bathrooms after meals
Hoarding of large quantities of food or hiding food
Excessive, rigid exercise
Eating in secret
Smell of vomit
Social withdrawalSigns of Disturbed Eating*1 symptom DOES NOT means the person has a problem
6 Tips the RA can use:
4. Listen. Understand
Reflect feelings, paraphrase, just be with them.
Ask questions to better understand what they are thinking and feeling.
Let them know that you want to understand and are here to listen.
May not want to promise them confidentiality. Don’t say, “I won’t tell anyone.” Instead, “I may need to tell those who can help you.”
This may look different depending what is happening.
Ask, “What can I do to help?”
Encourage & Empower them to consider ways they have coped with stressors in the past.
Notice their resources, point them out. They may not be aware of them.
Be available and attentive
Sometimes support means getting them other help.
Be open to other conversations. It may be a process
Contact your RD, other Pro-staff to support you (let the person know in advance that you might need to do this, or you are going to be doing this).
Make a referral if you feel you need to this/ it is the person’s best interest.
3)Follow up with the student