Insomnia is when you can not get enough sleep to feel rested. Insomnia is more than just the number of hours you spend asleep; it is also the quality of your sleep that matters.
Symptoms of insomnia may include:
One of the most frequent problems experienced by college students is fatigue. Students have a busy and demanding lifestyle that often leaves precious few hours for rest. One essential tool for combating fatigue is an adequate amount of restful sleep. While this may vary with different individuals, a minimum of 7 hours can be a good starting point.
STIs (sexually transmitted infections), also known as STDs, are stigmatized in our society. We associate having an STI with being immoral or promiscuous. This may not be the case, but it still makes telling your current, former, or new partner about an STI difficult.
If you think you may have exposed a partner to an STI or gotten an STI from your partner, you should tell them.
You may not have considered it, but every time you read health information, from food labels to medical forms, you're exercising your health literacy skills.
Health literacy is the ability to obtain, process, and understand health information needed to make informed health decisions. Health literacy affects your ability to:
The University of Washington has long been a leader in the development and evaluation of prevention programs and intervention efforts targeting risky alcohol use among college students. In fact, researchers at the Addictive Behaviors Research Center (ABRC) in the Department of Psychology and the Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors (CSHRB) in
All of us are prone to feel some anxiety in our lives. But when anxiety affects our day to day functioning and enjoyment of life, it becomes an illness. Many people with anxiety disorder do not recognize it. You may have an anxiety disorder if you worry too much on most days for at least six months. Your anxiety may make it hard for you to live life normally. You might find it difficult to get a job, go to classes or make friends.
The symptoms of an anxiety disorder can vary from person to person and can include the following:
Many people with anxiety are embarrassed to tell their clinician about it. An anxiety disorder is commonly diagnosed by your medical or mental health provider by asking you questions about your symptoms. There are several rating scales or questionnaires that are used to diagnose anxiety, such as the one below.
If you scored higher than 5 on this self-assessment, you may want to consider talking to your health care or mental health provider about your symptoms.
It is important to realize that the treatment of anxiety usually takes time. You may not be "cured," but your symptoms will subside and your quality of life will improve with treatment. Treatment options include:
Yes. There are other conditions that have similar symptoms:
Offers both medication and talk therapies for students, faculty and their families, as well as referrals to outside providers.
To make an appointment, call (206) 616-2495
Many free counseling, assessment and crisis intervention services for UW students
National Institute of Mental Health resources on anxiety disorders
Center for Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) resources on anxiety disorders
Authored by: Hall Health Center Mental Health Clinic staff
Authored by: Hall Health Center Mental Health Clinic staff, January 2014
The college years represent a major transition period. You may be living away from home for the first time. However, the safety nets that can protect you at home may not exist at college. It is easier for problems to go unnoticed away from the eyes of parents, old friends, and high school teachers.
The end of a relationship is one of the more painful and stressful things people experience. As a culture, we have no clear-cut rituals for ending relationships or saying goodbye to significant others. We are often unprepared for the feelings we experience in the process. Sometimes, the emotions that come up after a breakup can catch us off-guard and affect our functioning at school, work, and in other relationships.