Everybody has the blues, feels anxious, loses interest in enjoyable activities, or gets stressed sometimes, but when it continues for a long time or interferes with daily activities, it may be more serious. Stress is the body's response to any demand or pressure. These demands are called stressors. When stressors in your life are constant, it can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps you deal with a tense situation, study harder for an exam, or keep your focus during an important speech. However, if you cannot shake your worries and concerns, or if the feelings make you want to avoid everyday activities, you may have an anxiety disorder.
The Counseling & Testing Center is a great resource for any of your mental health concerns. We have counselors and a psychiatrist on campus, to schedule an appointment call 208.885.6716.
Develop a support network of friends. Campus and extracurricular activities such as intramurals at the SRC, joining a student club, or attending campus events is a great way to meet new people.
If you have concerns over your study habits, ability to take tests, or managing your coursework, talk with teachers, family, and friends for advice and support or visit with one of our on-campus counselors.
Stay active. Regular physical activity can improve one’s mood, relieve depression, and increase feelings of well-being. Visit the beautiful Student Rec Center on campus and enjoy some exercise. There are classes and personal trainers available if you need help getting started.
Visit the Student Health Clinic, and discuss concerns with a health professional. If the health professional advises treatment, follow instructions. Watch out for side effects, and attend follow-up appointments to assess improvement.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, get help from a counselor or health provider. If you aren't comfortable talking to someone on campus, call the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).