Managing the psychological/emotional aspects of H1N1 flu
Staff members at the Counseling Center are
available to help you cope
with the emotional and psychological aspects of H1NI flu
and other illnesses.
In what circumstances might emotional distress be
associated with H1N1 and
psychological help be beneficial?
Many people are anxious about contracting the flu, and those
with pre-existing anxiety problems may be affected even
more. Most anxiety can be managed by getting accurate
information, taking precautions to maintain healthy
behaviors, and establishing health and support plans in the
event of illness. If the anxiety starts to be too much to
tolerate on your own or starts to interfere with your
day-to-day functioning at school, work, or other activities,
seeking help is recommended. General information about
managing anxiety about H1N1 flu may be obtained at
American Psychological Association website. This does not
take the place, however, of professional
You may contract the H1N1 flu, seasonal flu, or some other
illness. You might miss classes or other activities that
you are involved in for a period of time while you get
well. Most students are relatively resilient and can bounce
back from such occurrences with a positive attitude and the
support of those around them. If your adjustment back to
your academic, social, and personal routines is difficult
however, counseling may be beneficial in giving you the
support you need. Learning to prioritize and set goals
related to tasks to be completed, learning how to be
assertive with faculty and others about transitioning back
and making up missed work, or even learning how to make
decisions about what you can and cannot do based on the time
you were absent and what was missed, are areas in which a
counselor can assist you.
You may have a relative or friend who has H1N1. This may be
made more difficult by offering support from a distance and
not having the benefit of seeing firsthand how a loved one
is recovering. This is the same type of distress a parent
may experience when their student is hours away feeling ill,
troubled, or weakened. If your level of distress starts to
adversely affect your functioning, it is time to talk with
someone about it.
How do I get
The Counseling Center is located in room 263 of the
Guerrieri University Center. The phone number is 410 543-6070.
Additional information can be found at the SCS website
Office hours are 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Friday during
the academic year and 8:00am - 4:30pm during the summer.
you are sick, with H1N1 flu or seasonal flu (symptoms
include fever of 100 degrees or over and a cough or sore
throat), and need to talk about any psychological concerns,
you may call to consult with a counselor about your concern
over the phone. A follow up appointment at SCS can be made
when you are well, defined as having at least
24 hours of no fever without the use of fever-reducing
medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
If you are well, contact 410 543-6070 or stop by room
263 GUC to schedule an appointment.