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Mental Health

Anonymous online screenings for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress. The screenings may help you determine whether seeking professional consultation would be of benefit to you. These free screenings are available to all UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty members and are taken anonymously. Be Well ...

Stress and Anxiety

What are the different types of anxiety? collapse all expand all Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

I can’t stop worrying. I feel keyed up and unable to relax. At times it comes and goes, and at times it seems constant. I worry about everything from making enough money to send home to my family to what to give my best friend for her birthday. Now that I’m about to graduate, there’s even more things to worry about.

I have...

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Most students make smart and safe choices about using alcohol and other drugs.

These safe choices mean that students don't experience negative academic, physical or social consequences. University Health Services staff work closely with Berkeley students, staff, faculty, and community partners on year-round services and initiatives that aim to reduce risk, consequences, and harm from the use of alcohol and other drugs.

Do You! Week at UC Berkeley

Do You! Week is a week-long series of events at UC Berkeley to promote a campus alcohol and other drugs (AOD) culture that supports all who study, live, work & play in the campus area.

Sleeping Soundly

Sleeping soundly should come easy after a hard day at school or work. But, for many of us, nighttime slumber is disrupted by thoughts of our "to-do" list, worries about our studies or workload, or interruptions from roommates, children or snoring partners. One third of all American adults experience an occasional or persistent sleep disturbance known as insomnia. According to modest estimates, at least 20-30 million Americans suffer from insomnia.

Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

The term "insomnia" describes trouble falling asleep, disrupted sleep or waking up too early. There are...

Body Piercings: Cleaning and Healing

collapse all expand all General Care for Body Piercings Always wash hands thoroughly before contact with piercing. Do not use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. (Both slow the healing of pierced area by drying and killing new healthy cells.) Do not use bacitracin or other ointments. (Ointments attempt to heal the skin & may slow oxygen transport to the tissue). Use salt soaks for best care/cleaning of ring or stud and loosening...

All about the flu and how to fight it

It’s that time again - the dreaded “flu season”!

But there is a lot you can do to protect yourself and others against it, as well as to look after yourself should you be one of the unlucky ones. The true “flu” - influenza, not to be confused with “stomach flu” - is quite a bit worse than a common cold and will make you miserable and keep you home for a few days, but most people will make it through without complications. However, it is important to know if you are at risk for more severe disease...

Cold Care

About Colds

A cold is an upper respiratory infection caused by a virus. There are at least 200 different cold viruses, the most common one being the rhinovirus ("nose virus"). Symptoms of a cold usually include a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches, low grade fever and congestion of the ears, nose and head. Colds usually last for a few days, but symptoms can persist for weeks.

A perceptive physician once said, "If you treat cold symptoms vigorously, they will go away in seven days. If left alone, they will disappear over the course of a week." There...

Limited Medical Appointments

Limited Medical Appointments Available

We are currently prioritizing care for those with timely medical needs including: recent injuries requiring a clinical exam, X-ray, splinting, or crutches acute or worsening illnesses any care requiring prescription medication COVID-related care those that need to establish medical care for ongoing health issues Students with...

Sexual Health and Sexuality

Sexual health and sexuality are relevant to all of us - whether you’re a sexual novice, a sexpert, or abstinent.

It doesn't matter whether you are single, dating, in a relationship; it doesn’t matter how you identify yourself sexually. Sexuality is part of who you are, and healthy sexuality is important to your overall wellness. You should have as much information as possible to make informed choices about sexuality. The information and resources listed here can help you make healthy sexual choices now and in the future.