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Mental Emotional Disorders                     

Mood Disorders   

      Depression

  • What is it?
    • Loss of energy and interest
    • Significant weight loss or gain
    • Sleep disturbance and/or agitation
    • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
    • Diminished ability to think, concentrate and/or focus
    • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • What does it look like?
    • Being late to class, especially mornings

    • Problems focusing or concentrating
    • Difficulties memorizing course information
    • Forgetting assignments
    • Loss of desire to study or attend class
    • May appear disinterested or lethargic
    • May express suicidal thoughts 

      Bi-Polar

  • What is it?
    • Mixed mood swings of manic and depression lasting at least one week
    • Manic
      • Inflated self-esteem
      • Decreased need for sleep
      • More talkative, racing thoughts
      • Easily distracted
      • Excessive actions, high risk activities
    • Depressive
      • Loss of energy and interest
      • Significant weight loss or gain
      • Sleep disturbance and/or agitation
      • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
      • Diminished ability to think, concentrate and/or focus
      • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • What does it look like?
    • Overly optimistic, registering for too many classes
    • Taking on too much responsibility
    • Making poor financial decisions, unable to pay for school expenses
    • Missing classes and appointments, erratic attendance
    • Blaming behavior on medication, i.e. "it takes my creativity away"

Also see Academic Tips for mental emotional disorders