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Parent Information: 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.

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