What Is Normal Adjustment?
A few examples of symptoms that can occur with normal adjustment to college are:
- Calling home more often
- Visiting home more often
- Questioning your decision about the college you are attending
- Difficulty making friends
- Questioning whether to attend certain social gatherings and/or join clubs on campus
- Procrastinating school work
- Experiencing slight nervousness with tests or assignments
- Feeling sad
On the other hand, a few examples of symptoms that do not characterize normal adjustment are:
- Isolating yourself in your dorm room
- Not completing homework
- Skipping many classes
- Skipping meals
- Drinking alcohol and/or using drugs
- Engaging in risky sexual behaviors
- Experiencing anxiety more days than not
- Feeling worthless, hopeless, or helpless
- Suicidal thoughts
- Resurfacing of previous anxiety, depressive, eating issues
If you experience more than two in the second list above, it does not mean you are suffering from a mental illness. It simply means you may need help identifying healthy ways to cope with adjusting to college. Experiencing one or two is not bad, but if you experience more than two you may want to seek help from your college’s free counseling service.
What Are Positive Ways to Handle the Transition to College?
Sleeping and Eating Well are Important
Avoid Drugs and Alcohol
Ask for Help, If You Need It
You are Not Alone
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