Director's Corner: Jeanne Manese, Ph.D., Director

Jeanne Manese, Ph.D., Director

"Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!" - Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Many transitions occur in the summer and on behalf of the Counseling Center I want to personally extend my congratulations and best wishes in the months ahead. Please know that, as always, our services are available free of charge to full-time registered UCI students. Have a great summer!

A Message for the UCI Community

It's common to experience a range of emotional and/or physical reactions after a traumatic event. It's important to keep in mind that each person experiences trauma differently. There is no one right way to react after a crisis situation. Some reactions may surface quickly while other reactions surface gradually over time. Below are some common signs and signals of trauma reaction. These are normal reactions, but pay special attention when they start to interfere with your academic or personal life. It's okay to seek help at any time.

  • Shock or numbness
  • Anger or Irritability
  • Sadness
  • Confusion
  • Terror
  • Shame
  • Suspicious or Paranoia
  • Problems with Concentration
  • Anxiety
  • Isolation from Social Support
  • Emotional Outbursts
  • Disruption in Sleep an Appetite
  • Flashbacks or Nightmares
  • Physical Symptoms (e.g. headaches, elevated heart rate, weakness, fatigue)

For more information on understanding reactions to traumatic events, see this link. Material in the link is from the American Psychological Association. Please see the Special Topics tab for more information on Managing Reactions to Trauma.