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  • Stress, Depression and Suicide

    In some instances, stress may be associated with clinical or sub-clinical mental health issues. The prevalence of mental health disorders among graduate students has been examined:

    A 2008 survey at the University of California-Irvine found 17 percent of graduate students reported having a serious mental disorder, and nearly 30 percent reported having a mental health concern that affected their well-being or academic performance. A 2006 study at Berkeley found that 45 percent of graduate students said they had a mental health issue that affected their well-being or academic performance, and almost 10 percent of respondents said they had considered suicide in the past year. For more information, visit

    For Clemson students, 62 percent of all students reported that in the past 12 months, depression, stress and/or anxiety were factors that affected their individual academic performance (NCHA, 2012).

  • Stress

    Stress usually shows up as an emotional or psychological state of tension, but it’s common to also physically “feel” stressed out because of the physiological and hormonal changes caused by stress. Here are some symptoms that indicate a high level of stress:

    -Changes in sleep patterns

    -Changes in eating patterns

    -Increased frequency of headaches

    -Being more irritable than usual

    -Recurring colds and minor illnesses

    -Frequent muscle aches and/or tightness

    -Being more disorganized than usual

    -Increased difficulty in getting things done

    -Greater sense of persistent time pressure

    -Increased frustration and anger

    The information above is from ULifeline. For more information on stress, visit 

    Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
    CAPS Online Mental Health Screening 
    File a CARE Report

  • Depression

    Signs of depression are listed below: 

               -Persistently sad, anxious, irritable or empty mood

               -Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities

               -Withdrawal from friends and family

               -Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much

               -Fatigue and decreased energy

               -Significant change in appetite and/or weight

               -Overreaction to criticisms

               -Feeling unable to meet expectations

               -Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions

               -Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness or guilt

               -Persistent physical symptoms such as headaches, digestive problems or chronic pain that

               do not respond to routine treatment

               -Substance abuse problems

               -Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts

    The information above is from ULifeline.  For more information on depression, visit

    Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
    CAPS Online Mental Health Screening
    File a CARE Report

  • Suicide

    If you believe a person is at immediate risk to harm themselves or others, you must contact emergency services and get help.

    More often that not, individuals who are contemplating suicide will give some warning of their intentions to a friend or family member. All suicide threats, gestures and attempts must be taken seriously. Here are some warning signs that a person may be at risk for suicide:


               -Rage, uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge

               -Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking

               -Feeling trapped or like there’s no way out

               -Increased alcohol or drug use

               -Withdrawing from friends, family and society

               -Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time

               -Dramatic mood changes

               -Expressing no reason for living or no sense of purpose in life

               -Prior suicide attempts

    The information above is from ULifeline.  For more information on suicide, visit

    Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
    *An after-hours CAPS counselor is available and can be reached by calling the Clemson University Police Department at 864-656-2222 and asking for the CAPS counselor on call.
    CAPS Online Mental Health Screening
    File a CARE Report
    Emergency Contacts
    Additional Resources
  • How to Get Help

    When should you use the CARE report, and when should you call 911 and the police for depression/suicidal thoughts?

    -If you think there could be a threat of harm to self or others, please call 911 immediately.

    -If you believe someone you know would benefit from a check-in call from the Dean of Students Office for a non-urgent situation, fill out a CARE report.  For more information about what situations might be appropriate for a CARE report, visit the CARE Network.

    -Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is located in Redfern Health Center and is the University's only facility for personal counseling, psychological testing, outreach and consultation. An after-hours CAPS counselor is available and can be reached at 864-656-2222.

    -OmbudsmanAn ombudsman is an independent, informal, neutral and confidential resource who provides assistance to members of the University community in exploring options to resolve problems, complaints and conflicts when normal processes and procedures have not worked satisfactorily.

    -ULifeline is an online resource for college mental health.

    Additional Resources

  • Eating Disorders

    It can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between an eating disorder and typical weight concerns or dieting. It doesn’t help that people with eating disorders often try to hide their behavior.

    Signs of eating disorders are listed below:

               -Drastic weight change

               -Worried about body image

               -Mood changes or irritability

               -Abnormal or secretive eating disorders

               -Exercising more than is good for one’s health


    The information above is from ULifeline.  For more information on eating disorders, visit

    Where to Get Help on Campus:  Eating Disorder Services at Redfern Health Center

    Effective treatment for clients who have eating disorders involves a multidisciplinary approach where professionals from many health-related disciplines meet regularly with these clients. The treatment team at Redfern Health Center includes medical doctors, psychologists, nutritionists and counselors who meet weekly to coordinate the care of all clients who present with eating disorders and consent to medical, psychological and/or nutritional treatment. Services include individual and group psychotherapy, nutritional counseling and regular medical evaluations from professionals who have interest and/or expertise in working with eating disorders.

    The information above is from CAPS.  For more information on eating disorder services at Redfern, visit

    Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
    CAPS Online Mental Health Screening  
    File a CARE Report
  • CAPS Online Mental Health Screening

    Although not intended to give a definite diagnosis, screening tools for mental health can increase self-understanding and improve wellbeing. Below is a link to an anonymous, online screening for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and alcohol use issues.



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