Recognizing Distress

A checklist:

  • ●Increased worry, fear, and feelings of being overwhelmed
  • ●Depressive symptoms that persist and/or intensify
  • ●Inability to focus or concentrate accompanied by decreased academic or work performance or performance of other daily activities
  • ●Sleep difficulties
  • ●Excessive crying
  • ●Isolating or withdrawing from others, fear of going into public situations
  • ●Unhealthy coping (e.g., increased alcohol or drug use, engaging in risky/impulsive behaviors)
  • ●A feeling of hopelessness and/or a paralyzing fear about the future
  • ●Sudden anger or irritability, or noticeable changes in personality

It’s not unusual to experience some — or even several — of the types of distress listed above during times of uncertainty and stress. If you notice these signs in yourself, reach out to family and friends for support, and engage in your usual healthy coping strategies (e.g. moderate exercise; regularly balanced eating; getting adequate sleep; practicing yoga, meditation, or some other mindfulness activity; take time for yourself; engaging in a hobby or other fun activity, etc.).

If your distress continues or gets to the point that you are having difficulty managing your day-to-day activities, then seek professional help. Contact The Counseling Center at 336-334-5874 or find a provider in your area or via TeleHealth.