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Personal Counseling

Overview

Counselors are available to assist students in working through personal issues that may negatively impact their ability to succeed in the educational setting. Referrals to outside agencies are provided to students who may benefit from ongoing counseling services. Any information discussed during counseling is kept strictly confidential in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974.

Stress Management

Positive Coping Repsonses

  • Listening to music
  • Going out with a friend (shopping, movie, dining)
  • Taking a bath or shower
  • Writing, painting, or doing other creative activities
  • Praying or going to church
  • Exercising or getting outdoors to enjoy nature
  • Discussing situations with a close friend or family member
  • Practicing deep breathing, meditation, or muscle relaxation
  • Making and following through with an action plan to solve your problems.
  • Seeking counseling if you continue to struggle with stress.

All coping responses have limitations, they may not always be available or have the most benefit for undoing the harmful effects of stress. Coping strategies that are overused will often stop being effective. Not all positive coping responses will work for every person. Try several until you find one that works for you or talk with a Counselor for suggestions.

Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an upcoming event or something with an uncertain outcome. Anxiety may be caused by a mental condition, a physical condition, or a combination of both.

Common Factors that Cause Anxiety:

  • Stress from work
  • Stress from school
  • Stress in a personal relationship such as marriage
  • Financial stress
  • Stress from an emotional trauma such as the death of a loved one
  • Stress from a serious medical illness
  • Side effect of medication
  • Use of an illicit drug, such as cocaine or amphetamines

Symptoms of anxiety may include rapid heartbeat, dizziness, sweating, and/or shortness of breath. These same symptoms also can be caused by caffeine, amphetamines, or other physical/medical conditions. Anyone experiencing severe and/or prolonged symptoms should see a health care provider.

Many students experience situational anxiety related to taking tests. Test anxiety is not unusual, even for students who feel prepared to take tests or exams. Counselors can offer suggestions on strategies that often help students reduce the stress and potential for test anxiety.

Depression is an illness that causes feelings of sadness or hopelessness. People suffering from depression often lose interest in activities they’ve always enjoyed, withdraw from others, and have little energy. Depression is different from normal feelings of sadness, grief, or low energy. Depression can also cause people to feel hopeless about the future and lead to thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

There are many different causes of depression and it is not a sign of weakness or a character flaw. Many people feel embarrassed or ashamed about having depression. These feelings should not stand in the way of asking for help and getting treatment. Depression is a common illness that affects people of all ages and ethnicities from all walks of life. Anyone who may be suffering from depression should see a doctor or mental health professional.

Mental health is critical to everyone’s well-being. Taking control of emotional health is necessary for ultimate success. The Related Resources area on the Personal Counseling page provides links to online resources that may help determine whether you or someone you know is suffering from anxiety, depression, or other illness. There are also links to local agencies that can connect you to help for yourself or a friend.

SCC Counselors can help determine when long term assistance is needed for issues that negatively affect a student’s academic success and make referrals to community professionals. Any referrals will be made with confidentiality being preserved by all parties. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency, dial “911″ for immediate assistance. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Available 24/7) 1-800-273-8255.

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