Faculty Spotlight: Trauma

Trauma is an umbrella term for any event that is deeply distressing or disturbing to an individual. We can think of big events – like 9/11 or the SPU campus shooting, and easily see how that can be classified as traumatic. We know that interpersonal violence, both physical and emotional, and the deaths of loved ... [Read more...]

Behavioral Activation

Behavioral activation might sound fancy, but it’s really just getting yourself to do the things you already want to do so that you experience more positive emotions. When we’re feeling sad, down, or unmotivated, we end up avoiding things that might actually help us feel better. Avoidance can end up just perpetuating our negative emotions. ... [Read more...]

Hypomania

Anxiety and depression may be more talked about, but bipolar is also prevalent among college students. There are two types of bipolar disorders. Bipolar I involves a manic episode, while bipolar II consists of a hypomanic episode and depressive episode. Last week we covered what depression can look like – but what makes up a ... [Read more...]

Depression

Most people have heard of depression. You’ve seen it depicted in movies, books, or maybe you or someone you’re close to has experienced depressive symptoms. Depression is often thought of as being sad, tearful, not being able to get out of bed – or at the extreme, wanting to end your life. However, there are ... [Read more...]

Holidays and Anxiety

Many of us look forward to winter break and the holidays. Maybe we get to spend time with family or friends – or we simply enjoy the relief of no deadlines and less work. For some of us though, the holidays can be anxiety-provoking. Anxiety during the holidays can vary – it can look like ... [Read more...]

Faculty Spotlight: Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the primary reasons undergraduates visit college counseling centers. In 2017, the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors reported that 51% of students receiving services from college counseling center reported having anxiety.1 While other mental health problems, such as depression and substance use, have been the focus of targeted interventions ... [Read more...]

GIVE Skill

The FAST skill from last week focused on helping you make sure you’re maintaining our self-respect and sticking to your values. This week, the last interpersonal effectiveness skill, the GIVE skill, prioritizes maintaining and valuing the relationship you have with the other person. This can be especially helpful during the holidays when you’re still managing ... [Read more...]