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Veterans and Active Duty Students

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Transitioning from combat to the classroom can be overwhelming. While many of your skills will be well utilized in your pursuit of academic success, student veterans face unique challenges that may interfere with academic success. Some complex issues student veterans face can include:

  • Age of veteran students vs. average student
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Anxiety in a classroom setting
  • Interacting with civilian students and loss of comradery
  • Managing families, jobs, and other responsibilities
  • Physical health problems

It is important to be aware of signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress. If you are experiencing any of the following, please consider making an appointment at the Counseling Center to further discuss treatment options:

  • Depressed mood most of the day for several days
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Panic attacks
  • Difficulty managing anger
  • Family or friends expressing concern
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Thoughts of suicide
    • For immediate assistance if you are suicidal, please dial 911, contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1.800.273.8255, or call the Drexel University on-call counselor after regular business hours at 215.416.3337.

How to Get Help

The Counseling Center offers free individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, workshops, and medication management to all full time undergraduate and graduate students.

Drexel Resources

Web-Based Resources

Self-Help Apps

  • PTSD Coach was developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs' National Center for PTSD in collaboration with T2
  • Breathe2Relax teaches breathing and stress management through diaphragmatic breathing exercises (Apple   Android)
  • Tactical Breather teaches the use of breathing to control stress responses (Apple   Android)

The content provided here is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended for self-diagnosis or self-treatment, nor should it replace the consultation of a trained medical or mental health professional. Please note that outside links are not under our control, and we cannot guarantee the content contained on them.