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Common Issues

Student Life

Counseling is a process of learning from the very experiences which are troubling for people. No problem is too big or too insignificant for discussing with a counselor. Keep in mind that numerous students use counseling services for a wide variety of reasons. At Old Dominion, counseling is considered a healthy choice.

Students pursue the help of a counselor for a variety of reasons. Usually they seek counseling to relieve the pressure of specific issues or symptoms, such as:

  • dissatisfying social relationships
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • difficulty setting goals
  • problems related to stress
  • low self-confidence
  • disappointing academic performance
  • questions about sexuality
  • mood swings
  • family issues
  • suicidal thoughts
  • alcohol or drug issues
  • decisions about a major or career
  • homesickness
  • sleep problems
  • eating problems
  • sexual assault or abuse
  • mixed emotions
  • pregnancy decisions
  • loneliness
  • shyness
  • grief

Alcohol & Drug

ODU supports responsible lifestyles and provides frequent workshops for students to educate themselves on drug and alcohol abuse.

Coping with Tragedies

Student resources for dealing with hurricanes and other emergencies and tragedies.

Mental Health

Various links and information designed to help students with a variety of mental health issues.


Many students come to the Counseling Services because they are having difficulty with romantic relationships. We hope that this page will serve as a guide in helping you to better understand relationships and in developing healthy relationships based upon realistic expectations.