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Below you will find some self-help resources intended to help you achieve a fulfilling and successful college experience...

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Some of the links below are external links to other web sites. These external links, as well as others found throughout our site, may provide useful information about topics related to counseling and mental health, study skills, and career information. Their listing here, however, does not indicate endorsement by the Counseling Center or NDSU.

Additionally, although information and self-help resources can be a helpful adjunct to work you are doing in counseling or in a support group, we do not necessarily recommend self-help as a sole course of treatment. If you are interested in speaking with a counselor, please refer to the other pages in this site for more information about our services.

Resources For Self-Help

 

Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection External link to an extensive list of self-help pamphlets for college students.

 

Academic:

Test Anxiety Tips Does test-taking make you a bit anxious? Tips on managing test anxiety.

Test Preparation Is cramming not working? Is the thought of finals coming putting you into a panic? Information on test preparation.

Time Management Not enough time for everything you have to do? Here are some helpful suggestions.

Study Skills Tips Information on how to study more effectively.

Managing Test Anxiety: https://www.brown.edu/campus-life/support/counseling-and-psychological-services/managing-test-anxiety

How to Overcome Test Anxiety in College:  https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/test-anxiety/

Exam Success Meditation – Stay Calm & Deal with Test Taking Nerves & Anxiety:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtF0T2fPvbI

 

Adjusting to College Life:

When the Jitters are More than just the Jitters:  Anxiety Surrounding Starting College:  https://www.anxiety.org/college-freshman-jitters-turn-into-an-anxiety-disorder

Transitioning From High School to College: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOUjpcG05VI

Going Home for the Holidays Is going home for the upcoming holidays stressful for you or your family? The Counseling Center can help.

Transitions Tips on navigating difficult transitions.

Veterans Coming Home Helpful information for returning veterans and their loved ones.

 

 Alcohol & other Drugs:

College Student’s Guide to Avoiding Drug and Alcohol Abuse: https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/avoiding-substance-abuse/

Alcohol Awareness & College Students:  https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/how-to-prevent-college-binge-drinking-and-duis/

A Two-Edged Sword: Marijuana Use & College Students:  http://www.selfcounseling.com/help/alcohol/marijuana.html

NDSU & Substance Use:  https://www.ndsu.edu/studenthealthservice/healthpromotion/substance_use_education/frequently_asked_questions/

Freshman:  The Modern Binge Drinking Culture:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAiDw4ElyMc

 

Anxiety:

Anxiety disorders:  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anxiety/symptoms-causes/syc-20350961

University of Fear and Anxiety:  How to Pass your Freshman Year of College:  https://adaa.org/learn-from-us/from-the-experts/blog-posts/consumer/university-fear-and-anxiety

Anxiety facts:  https://adaa.org/sites/default/files/mental-health-and%20college%20students_1.png

Surviving Stress & Anxiety in College & Beyond:  https://www.learnpsychology.org/student-stress-anxiety-guide/

When the Jitters are More than just the Jitters:  Anxiety Surrounding Starting College:  https://www.anxiety.org/college-freshman-jitters-turn-into-an-anxiety-disorder

Let Go of Anxiety, Fear & Worries:  A Guided Meditation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EaMJOo1jks

Self-Help Tips for Anxiety in Students:  https://campusportalng.com/education/anxiety-in-students-self-help/30976/

Unlearning Anxiety:  https://www.unlearninganxiety.com/thinking/

Centre for Clinical Interventions: https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Anxiety

 

Assertiveness:

Centre for Clinical Interventions:  https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Anxiety

Become More Assertive During Your College Years:  https://www.wikihow.com/Become-More-Assertive-During-Your-College-Years

 Assertiveness Skills Are you a chicken when it comes to speaking your mind?

 

Autism Spectrum Disorders:

Wrong Planet:  https://wrongplanet.net/

Going Through College With High Functioning Autism: https://www.verywellhealth.com/going-through-college-with-asperger-syndrome-260485

 

Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder:

10 Tips for Going to College with ADHD:  https://childmind.org/article/10-tips-going-college-adhd/

Recommended Resources for Students with ADHD:  https://add.org/college-students/

 

Bipolar Disorder:

Going to College with Bipolar Disorder, Part 1:  https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/bipolar-you/201611/going-college-bipolar-disorder-part-i

Going to College with Bipolar Disorder, Part 2: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/bipolar-you/201611/going-college-bipolar-disorder-part-ii

Centre for Clinical Interventions:  https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Bipolar

 

Body Image & Dieting:

Centre for Clinical Interventions:  https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Body-Dysmorphia

College and Body Image:  https://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/programs/colleges-and-universities/college-and-body-image

4 Ted Talks to Help You Embrace the Body You Have:  https://studybreaks.com/tvfilm/4-ted-talks-to-help-you-embrace-the-body-you-have/

Improve Your Health, Mind and Body with Intuitive Eating:  https://www.verywellfit.com/overview-of-intuitive-eating-4178361

Embrace - Documentary can be found on Amazon prime

 

Borderline Personality disorder:

DBT Self Help:  http://www.dbtselfhelp.com/index.html

Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide to Symptoms, Treatment and Recovery:  https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-disorders/borderline-personality-disorder.htm

Therapist Talks:  How to Use Distress Tolerance Skills:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLJrEDN6nvU

 

Break-Up – How to Survive:

This American Life: Break-Up:  https://www.thisamericanlife.org/339/break-up

How To Be Alone:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7X7sZzSXYs

How to Fix a Broken Heart\Guy Finch:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0GQSJrpVhM

Surviving a Break up/Broken Heart: Counseling Tips: http://thriveboston.com/counseling/surviving-a-breakup-broken-heart-counseling-tips/

 

Depression:

Centre for Clinical Interventions:  https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Depression

10 Great Tips for Dealing with Depression in College:  https://www.bestcounselingdegrees.net/10-great-tips-for-dealing-with-depression-in-college/

When You Have Depression in College: 13 Life Hacks:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QHVjkA1Ilk

Depression and College Students:  https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/college-student-depression/

5 Tips to Avoid Depression in College:  https://www.usnews.com/education/articles/2010/11/19/5-tips-to-avoid-depression-in-college

Tips to Beat Depression in College:  https://www.onlineschoolscenter.com/tips-beat-depression-college/

 

Eating Disorders:

Centre for Clinical Interventions:  https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Disordered-Eating

How To Survive College with an Eating Disorder:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umUj4GYJNFs

College Football Star Opens Up About Binge Eating Disorder:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmFK60Qk79A

Eating Disorders Resources for College Students: https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/eating-disorders/

Sanford Eating Disorder & Weight Management:  https://www.sanfordhealth.org/locations/sanford-eating-disorders-and-weight-management-center

NEDA:  https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

 

Emotional Regulation:

Centre for Clinical Interventions:  https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Tolerating-Distress

How to Process Emotions:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b197XOd9S7U

Music to Soothe Anger:  A Touch of Calm:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de2TdvDaS5A

DBT Mindfulness Skill: An Overview of Wisemind and the What and How Skills:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oytsyvzPHoQ

 

Family Issues:

Dysfunctional Families: Recognizing and Overcoming Their Effects:  https://www.k-state.edu/counseling/topics/relationships/dysfunc.html

Children of Alcoholics:  https://americanaddictioncenters.org/alcoholism-treatment/children

5 Ways to Recover from Toxic Families:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIpYmJzFRZQ

 

Grief & Loss:

Tips for Grieving College Students:  https://healgrief.org/actively-moving-forward/tips-college-students/

Grief:  What Everyone Should Know:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwPoqQPynEc

Managing Grief While in College:  https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/managing-grief/

The Grieving Process:  Coping With Death:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsYL4PC0hyk

Grief and Trauma Information on trauma, loss and resiliency.

 

Happiness:

18 Things You Need To Do To be Happy in College:  https://www.huffpost.com/entry/happy-in-college_n_5525905

The Happiness Project with Gretchen Rubin:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzuawrFE1xM

 

Homesickness:

5 Ways for College Students to Survive Being Homesick:  https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/the-college-experience/2011/09/28/5-ways-for-college-students-to-survive-being-homesick

9 Ways to Help Homesickness:  https://www.everydayhealth.com/college-health/9-ways-to-help-homesickness.aspx

How to Deal with Homesickness in College: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPkZj31SAN4

Homesickness Feeling sad and missing your family? Maybe we can help.

 

LGBTQ:

LGBTQ+ Programs:  https://www.ndsu.edu/lgbtq/education/safezone/

Common LGBTQ Student Issues:  https://safezone.uncc.edu/allies/commonissues

 

Loneliness:

How to Practice Emotional First Aid/Guy Finch:  https://healgrief.org/actively-moving-forward/tips-college-students/

USC tackles ‘loneliness epidemic’ in a world of social media:  https://news.usc.edu/152830/loneliness-in-college/

Advice From a Formerly Lonely College Student:  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/09/well/family/advice-from-a-formerly-lonely-college-student.html

What to do if you’re Feeling Lonely in College:  https://www.hercampus.com/wellness/mental-health/what-do-if-you-re-feeling-lonely-college

 

Meditation and Mindfulness:

Please see our Meditation and Mindfulness page for information on mindfulness/meditation, and an extensive list of reading and audio resources.

 

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder:

Overcoming OCD- The College Student’s Guide:  http://beyondocd.org/information-for-college-students

A College Students Guide to OCD:  https://findyourcontext.education/a-college-students-guide-to-ocd/

For College Students/Peace of Mind:  https://peaceofmind.com/treatments/for-college-students/

 

Panic Attacks:

Centre for Clinical Interventions:  https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Panic

Panic Disorder and College:  https://www.verywellmind.com/panic-disorder-and-college-2584088

How To Come Out of a Panic Attack in Class:  https://anxiety-gone.com/come-panic-attack-class/

How To Calm Down During a Panic Attack:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAODG6KaNBc

 

Perfectionism:

Centre for Clinical Interventions:  https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Perfectionism

Dr. Brene Brown on Faking It, Perfectionism, and Living Wholeheartedly:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YeulUgWNp8

In Pursuit of Perfection: Students Who Are Overachievers May Pay a High Psychological Price:  http://www.campuscalm.com/college-perfectionism.html

 

PTSD:

An Overview of PTSD in the College Setting:  https://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn19/docs/presentations/Overview_PTSD_College_Setting.pdf

The Effect of Trauma on the Brain and how it affects Behavior:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9Pg4K1ZKws

How EMDR works?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKrfH43srg8

 

Procrastination:

Centre for Clinical Interventions:  https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Procrastination

Top 10 Ways to Avoid Procrastination:  https://www.collegexpress.com/articles-and-advice/majors-and-academics/blog/top-10-ways-avoid-procrastination/

6 Reasons People Procrastinate:  https://success.oregonstate.edu/learning/6-reasons-people-procrastinate

How I Stopped Procrastinating in College: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgT8w30Q10M

 

Relationship Issues:

Maintaining Healthy Relationships in College:  https://www.collegexpress.com/articles-and-advice/student-life/articles/college-health-safety/maintaining-healthy-relationships-college/

Making Long Distance Relationships in College Work:  Including our 5 Step Action Plan:  https://lastingthedistance.com/long-distance-relationships-in-college/

The 5 Love Languages:  https://www.5lovelanguages.com/

Making Long Distance Relationships Work Long-Distance Relationships can be challenging---but they can work.

Making New Friends Feeling alone? The NDSU Counseling Center might have some ideas for you.

 

Relationship violence:

What Is Relationship and Dating Violence?:  https://students.wustl.edu/relationship-dating-violence/

Empowering Survivors:  https://www.domesticshelters.org/articles/escaping-violence/empowering-survivors#.VkqWP79F7m4

My Experience with Domestic Violence:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or3UsOp6NHc

Rape and Abuse Crisis Center:  https://www.raccfm.com/

 

Relaxation/Stress Management:

Surviving Stress & Anxiety in College & Beyond:  https://www.learnpsychology.org/student-stress-anxiety-guide/

How Stress Affects Your Health:  https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress

10 Ways to Reduce College Stress:  https://www.thoughtco.com/reduce-stress-while-in-college-793560

Stress in College Students for 2019: (How to Cope):  https://www.wgu.edu/blog/stress-college-students-2019-how-to-cope1902.html

Relaxation Exercises Relaxation audio files you can download and practice! (External Link to Hobart and William Smith Colleges)

Relaxation Exercises More relaxation audio files (external link to University of Texas at Austin)

Relaxation Techniques Written instuctions on relaxation techniques (MS Word format)

Sleep Hygiene (Powerpoint) Tips for getting a better night's sleep.

Stress Management Information about coping with stress (MS Word Format)

Stress Management MP3 audio file with stress managment information

 

 Resilience:

Living Brave with Brene Brown and Oprah Winfrey:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oidZ-XESijg

The Fringe Benefits of Failing:  https://www.ted.com/talks/jk_rowling_the_fringe_benefits_of_failure?language=en

The Road to Resilience:  https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/road-resilience

 

Rumination:

Centre for Clinical Interventions:  https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Worry-and-Rumination

Rumination:  A Problem in Anxiety and Depression:  https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/depression-management-techniques/201604/rumination-problem-in-anxiety-and-depression

How to Stop Ruminating:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlpYu2938cs

 

Self-Care:

Tools, Resources:  selfcareisforeveryone.com

Centre for Clinical Interventions:  https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Self-Compassion

How to Practice Emotional First Aid/Guy Finch:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2hc2FLOdhI

Taking Care With Yourself (pdf) Brochure outlining self-care and the "wellness wheel".

 

Self-Esteem:

Centre for Clinical Interventions:  https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Self-Esteem

Navigating Self Worth and Internal Validation in College:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NguOUyvflKU

Listening to Shame:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psN1DORYYV0&list=PLYUehcF2K3fZaiPyb7RO7mN2V1FqCesYJ

 

Self-Injury:

Self-Injury: What College Students Need to Know:  http://studentcaffe.com/thrive/health-and-wellness/self-injury

Self Injury:  http://www.4collegewomen.org/fact-sheets/self-injury.html

 

Sexual Assault:

Rape and Abuse Crisis Center:  https://www.raccfm.com/

The Realities of Sexual Assault on Campus:  https://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/preventing-sexual-assault/

NDSU Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy:  https://www.ndsu.edu/studenthealthservice/sexual_assault_prevention_and_advocacy/

Let’s Talk About Sexual Assault on College Campuses:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UchWsE75t1c

 

Sleep:

Centre for Clinical Interventions:  https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Sleep

Brain Basics:  Understanding Sleep:  https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Understanding-Sleep

Sleep Hygiene:  https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/sleep-hygiene

What is Insomnia and How to Cure it with Cognitive Behavior Therapy:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjJGfDHCaBUTop of Form

 

Social Anxiety:

Social Anxiety Can Be a Hidden Problem in College:  https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/social-anxiety-college-students-0717126

Centre for Clinical Interventions:  https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Social-Anxiety

The Truth About Making Friends in College(Shy/Social Anxiety):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuNe4j2H5_s

 

Suicide Prevention:

Understanding Suicide Prevention:  https://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/suicide-prevention/

ULifeline:  http://www.ulifeline.org/

Reach Out – Preventing Teen Suicide:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIeBxeOxFyE

Are You Feeling Suicidal?  https://www.helpguide.org/articles/suicide-prevention/are-you-feeling-suicidal.htm

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External Link to Virtual Pamphlet Collection

Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection

Stress and Depression Assessment

Stress and Depression Assessment


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Counseling Center
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Physical/delivery address: 212 Ceres Hall, Fargo, ND 58102
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 17, 2009
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