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TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's an adjustment period for almost every new college student -- many young people have struggles balancing independence and a heavy workload. But there are some signs that suggest your young person needs more serious help than a care package from home.
It may be hard for parents to tell if their college student needs better coping skills, a stronger support network or treatment for a serious mental health issue. But reaching out at the first signs of trouble can enable your child to get help before he or she reaches a crisis point.
Some Signs of Drug and Alcohol Abuse:
- Not remembering actions and events.
- Relationship problems.
- Risky behaviors like driving drunk.
- Falling and other injuries.
Some Signs of Anxiety Disorders:
- Frequent feelings of fear or panic.
- Recurring nightmares and other sleep problems.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Obsessive thoughts.
Some Signs of Depression:
- Deep sadness, anxiety and irritability.
- Loss of interest in social activities and favorite pastimes.
- Sleeping difficulties.
- Loss of or increase in appetite.
If you notice troubling signs, talk to your child about accessing on-campus resources like a student counseling center or health service. If your child is reluctant to get college counseling but willing to seek help off-campus, you might start the search for a community mental health center, hospital outpatient clinic or private therapist experienced with the situation your child is facing.
Once your child agrees to talk to a counselor or doctor, the next step is for him or her to make the appointment and take an active role in treatment.
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