Everybody has the blues, feels anxious, loses interest in enjoyable activities, or gets stressed. When these feelings last for a long time or interfere with daily activities, it may be a more serious health condition.
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 and keep your focus during an important speech. However, if you cannot shake worries and concerns, or if the feelings make you want to avoid everyday activities you may have an anxiety disorder.
The UI Counseling & Testing Center's (CTC) staff of psychologists and supervised doctoral interns and graduate students offers students a wide range of counseling services, resources and referrals.
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Schedule an appointment by calling (208) 885-6716.
The CTC is located in Mary E. Forney Hall Room 306. Get directions »
- Develop a support network of friends. Campus and extracurricular activities such as intramurals at the Student Recreation Center, joining a student club or attending campus events is a great way to meet new people.
- If you have concerns about your study habits, ability to take tests or how to manage coursework, talk to a counselor, find academic assistance or talk with your advisor.
- Stay active. Regular physical activity can improve your mood, relieve depression and increase feelings of well-being. Visit Campus Recreation, offering wellness classes and personal training, to help you get started.
- Visit the Student Health Clinic, and discuss concerns with a health professional. If the health professional advises treatment, follow instructions. Watch for side effects, and attend follow-up appointments to assess improvement.
- If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the Counseling & Testing Center or the Student Health Clinic. If you aren't comfortable talking to someone on campus, call the suicide hotline at (800) 273-8255.
The following resources are used as reference for Vandal Health Education sites.
- Idaho Health Department
- Center’s for Disease Control
- Mayo Clinic
- Planned Parenthood
- The Naked Truth
- American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology
- PubMed Health
- American College Health Association
- National Center for Victims of Crime
- Go Ask Alice
- University of Arizona Health Education
- Brown University Health Education
- University of Georgia Student Health Center
- University of Texas at Austin Counseling & Mental Health Center
- Oregon State University Student Health