Student Life

Why Seek Counseling?

College is a unique developmental time. Students are challenged with forming their identities, making critical life decision, living away from home and adjusting to the demands of college. College can also be very stressful. Many students come for counseling to get help managing stress and to address their emotional needs in healthy ways. College is often the first time students experience panic attack, anxiety or depression. Students should not struggle alone with these problems. Students come to the Counseling Center for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Adjusting to the demands of college
  • Feelings of panic or anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Social isolation
  • Stress or academic difficulty
  • Family problems
  • Abuse issues
  • Sexual assault
  • Death and grief
  • Substance use
  • Sleep issues
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Compulsive or distracting behavior
  • Sexuality or sexual orientation

External resources

Please visit the University of Chicago's Virtual Pamphlet Collection for an extensive gathering of self-help sites with articles and resources addressing mental health concerns.