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GU-Q: Student Health and Wellness

A collection of resources to support the health and well being of Georgetown University in Qatar students

Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Having the blues, feeling a little anxious, or getting stressed from time to time are a part of life. All of the changes experienced in college can be very stressful. When these things start to interfere with daily life and your ability to function normally, it could be more serious than you realize.

Stress, anxiety, and depression are often reported as top factors that negatively impact academic performance. Educating yourself on these topics and available resources can be the key to a happy, successful college experience.

Stress is the body’s response to life’s demands. However, feeling too much stress could lead to health problems and could negatively interfere with everyday life. Learn more about what you can do to effectively manage your stress.
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It can be difficult to know whether you’re feeling really down or going through clinical depression. According to the American College Health Association, 10% of college students have been diagnosed with depression and many more are struggling but have yet to seek help. Explore signs and symptoms, as well as available resources.
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Anxiety and stress- what’s the difference? Like stress, anxiety is prevalent during the college years, and when it occurs frequently it can interfere with everyday life. However, anxiety adds the component of fear. Take a deep breath and read on to learn more about the condition that two out of three college students report experiencing.
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Suicide is a serious issue that is the third-leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 15-24. This article provides more information on warning signs and prevention for those in danger of hurting themselves.
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Here are some tips to help you cope with one of the most common college stressors - procrastination.

  1. Buy a calendar. Set up a daily or weekly schedule for yourself, allowing time for class, study, exercise, and other activities that are important or fun. Allow two hours of study time for every one hour of class. Your schedule doesn't need to be perfect -- you can change it as needed.
  2. Keep a "to-do" list. Prioritize your tasks and try to get the most important done on time. Fit the rest in as possible, making certain that you take time for yourself.
  3. Reward yourself for a finished task. If there is something that may be more difficult and less pleasurable that you need to do and something else that you would truly enjoy doing, postpone the enjoyable activity until you have completed the less pleasurable task.
  4. Ask for help. Contact Student Wellness for support.  

American College Health Association, 2006

Student Wellness and Counseling Centre (SWCC)

Don't hesitate to contact the SWCC at any time to talk about any issues relating to your health and wellness:

First Floor, 1G09 - 1G19  Phone: +974-4457-8330  Fax: +974-4457-8331  On Call: +974-5503-9044

What can I do in emergency situations?

In case of life-threatening situations that need immediate response:

  • If in the Georgetown Building call 4457-8458
  • If in Education City call 4454-0999
  • If off campus call 999

You may also call the GU-Q Student Wellness/Counseling Helpline (24/7) 5503-9044 for further consultation. Other helpful numbers are:

Education City

  • Education City Security 4492-7350
  • Education City Helpline 4454-0073
  • Qatar Foundation Care Clinic 4454-1244, 4454-1240