Sometimes life can be very stressful, and some may turn to alcohol, drugs, gambling, and risky behaviors to cope with this stress.  When there is excessive participation in substance use and/or risky behaviors, you may experience negative consequences in your life.

Feeling a bit nervous from time-to-time is a normative aspect of life, and at times, this anxiety can be motivation to achieve your goals.  However, there are times when the anxiety may seem uncontrollable; perhaps you have experienced a traumatic event, and continue to have bothersome physical and mental responses when recalling the event.

Career & Academic Concerns

Obtaining and maintaining a job or performing well in school requires a lot of resources.  There is writing resumes, getting the "perfect" internship, achieving the highest grades, obtaining a promotion, getting along with co-workers, supervisors, and classmates, in addition to self-care.  It may even be difficult to choose which career path to pursue.

Cultural Concerns (i.e., Asian American Clients)
Being an individual from a marginalized group can lead to experiences of discrimination and stress.  Furthermore, generational differences and varying degrees of adherence to cultural values and practices, may also result in complications in decision-making and stress (e.g., in one's career). 

Feelings of sadness and reduced participation in activities will more than likely happen to everyone in their lifetime.  However, there are times when these feelings and inactivation negatively impacting your daily functioning (e.g., ability to go to work, school, connect with others).

You may be having difficulty communicating and getting along with friends, significant others, and family members.  While no relationship is perfect, there may be ways to improve interpersonal skills and interactions with others. On the other hand, you may be isolated and have difficulty connecting with others. 

Thank you for your service!  There are many challenges that you may be facing as you await another tour/deployment, or transition to civilian life.  Perhaps you are worried about remaining connected to your significant other and family; you may be having difficulty maintaining a job.