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Signs of Distress


What are some common signs of distress?

Mild distress can often be recognized by noticing changes in behavior and may include:

  • Decreased class attendance
  • Declining academic performance
  • Neglected hygiene and appearance
  • Difficulty interacting with others
  • Disclosing difficulties with depression, anxiety, or other stressful events

Moderate distress is usually more obvious and in addition to the above signs, may involve:

  • Difficulty adhering to the structure of the classroom
  • Requests for the professor to extend deadlines or make other exceptions
  • Unusual or demanding writing/ email
  • Emotional reactions that seem extreme for the circumstances

Extreme distress will be clearly evident and usually require immediate attention. Examples include:

  • Threats, hostility, or other aggression
  • Overt suicidality
  • Stalking
  • Confusion and/or incoherent speech
  • Loss of contact with reality

Campus Safety should be contacted immediately in any situation that leads you to fear for your safety or the safety of the student. 

Dial x 888, if calling from on campus or (914) 323-5244, if you are calling from off campus.