Recognizing Distress: A Self-Checklist

If you are in distress, overwhelmed, depressed, or having thoughts of self-harm, reach out to a friend, a family member, or a mental health professional.

Please review the self-checklist below to see if any of these symptoms are present or persistent. If you notice that one or more of these symptoms is occurring, please utilize the resources highlighted below.

  • Increased worry, fear, and feelings of being overwhelmed that will not ease;
  • Depressive symptoms that persist and/or intensify;
  • Inability to focus or concentrate accompanied by decreased academic or work performance or performance of other daily tasks;
  • Sleep difficulties;
  • Excessive crying;
  • Isolating or withdrawing from others, and fear of reaching out to friends or family;
  • Unhealthy coping (e.g., increased alcohol or drug use, engaging in risky/impulsive behaviors; disordered eating practices);
  • A persistent feeling of hopelessness and or paralyzing fear about the future;
  • Sudden anger or irritability, or noticeable changes in personality;
  • Suicidal thoughts, feelings, and plans for self-harm.

Bowdoin College Resources 

Counseling Services: 207-725-3145; for immediate crisis coverage, dial the same number, then press “1”.

The Health Center: 207-725-3770

Bowdoin College Security: 207-725-3500