James Hicks, M.D., 50 SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS (Yale University Press)

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Stress

Could things get any worse? Two month after you leave for college your girlfriend writes you a letter saying that she's splitting up with you. She had been visiting every weekend, and you were planning to get married in the spring. Now you don't know what to do. You've been crying every night, and you're not getting any work done. You keep calling her, and she just hangs up. You can't pay attention in class, and you had already fallen behind. Instead of doing your homework you keep writing to her but then tearing up the letter.

You're too embarrassed to tell your parents. They really like her. They're paying for school, and they might pull you out if you fail your upcoming midterms. You'd like to have someone to talk to, but you hardly know your roommates. You didn't see any reason to get to know them before, and now they do everything together, without you.

You know you should go and talk to your professors and explain the situation, but why should they care about your personal problems?

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Stress
  • How to Cope with Stress

 

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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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