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How to handle distressed and distressing students.

Students encounter stress for a variety of reasons. Academics, family problems, social situations, work, loss, and financial problems are just some of the sources of stress. While most students cope successfully with these stressors, for some, the pressures become overwhelming and unmanageable. The inability to cope effectively with emotional stress poses a serious threat to a student’s overall functioning. The expression of concern by a faculty or staff member may be a critical factor in helping a struggling student re-establish the emotional equilibrium necessary for success at UHCL. We hope that this information will not only assist you in assessing the severity of a student’s personal problems, but will also give you some specific ideas about what to do when dealing with a distressed student, and how and when to refer them to UHCL Counseling Services.