Kelly Center Personal Counseling Services
Important Information on Behavioral Changes
As a parent, you have a lot of insight into your child's normal behaviors and reactions. While college can be a very rewarding experience in both of your lives, it can also often present challenges that your child may have difficulty managing.
You may notice dramatic shifts in behavior such as:
- Changes in personal hygiene.
- Changes in eating and sleeping.
- Loss of interest in things and withdrawing from people.
- Agitation, irritability, anger and emotional outbursts.
- Excessive anxiety and worry.
- Suicidal comments (verbal or in writing).
You may notice behavior changes related to alcohol and other drug abuse such as:
- Evidence of excessive use of a substance.
- Non-social behaviors like lying or stealing.
- Nonfunctional behavior such as missing classes or not going to a job.
You may also notice behaviors related to trauma or crisis such as:
- A break-up or a change in a relationship.
- Loss/illness of family member or close friend.
- Conflicts with roommates, friends or family members.
- Change in occupation.
- Being assaulted or abused.
If you have concerns about your child, we encourage you to visit with them about getting help.