In a hurry? Listen to our 5-minute podcasts on a wide variety of student health topics.
Wellness Quick Clips
Worried About A Friend’s Drinking? (2min 2sec)
Elizabeth Douglas of Wellness and Prevention Services reviews how to recognize if someone’s drinking is a problem, how to talk to someone you are concerned about, and the services available for both friends or students who are concerned about their drinking.
Understanding Standard Drink Portions (1min 41sec)
Darcy Schultz, former MPH Intern for Wellness and Prevention Services, talks about standard drink portions and how they can be used to help monitor your drinking.
General Health & Well-Being
Got the Flu? (2min 14sec)
Rhett goes to visit Dr. McBride, Director of Student Health Services, who explains what people should do if they come down with the flu. Though the video was created during the H1N1 virus, don’t be fooled: this video contains helpful advice for every flu season.
College Roommates (3min 39sec)
Darcy Schultz, former MPH Intern for Wellness and Prevention Services, discusses considerations to keep in mind when choosing a roommate, tips for getting off to a good start, how to resolve problems and resources available at BU.
Fire Safety (3min 20sec)
Frederick Dusseault from Environmental Health and Safety presents some important statistics about fires, safety basics for on- and off-campus residences, and what to do in the event of a fire.
Nutrition Basics (8min 16sec)
Sarah Butler, MS, RD, LD of the Sargent Choice Nutrition Center talks about the basics of nutrition, including what we need to eat in order to live and how to meet nutrient needs. This clip also provides more resources on nutrition.
Understanding Fats (8min 57sec)
Sarah Butler, MS, RD, LD of the Sargent Choice Nutrition Center explains the difference between good and bad fats, the role of fats in metabolism, and the effect of fats on your health.
Got Sleep? (2min 13 sec)
Dr. Hasmeena Kathuria, a sleep specialist at Boston University Medical Group, and Michelle George, former Wellness Coordinator at BU Student Health Services, explain why sleep is important and offer tips for a better night’s rest.
Going to Sleep (4min 48sec)
Dr. Margaret Ross of Behavioral Medicine at Student Health Services explains why it is often hard to fall asleep at night. She also gives some tips on bedtime rituals and what to do during the day to improve your sleep at night.
Sleep Health (3min 21sec)
Michelle George, former Wellness Coordinator at Student Health Services, discusses the effects of sleep deprivation and lists some strategies and resources for getting better sleep.
Managing Distress (1min 49sec)
Dr. Carrie Landa of Behavioral Medicine at Student Health Services offers tips on how to cope with distress, including academic distress. This clip also includes resources for students in distress at BU.
The Difference Between Stress and Anxiety (1min 37sec)
Dr. Carrie Landa of Behavioral Medicine at Student Health Services talks about eustress (good stress) and bad stress (distress) and how to tell the difference between everyday stress and anxiety.
Restoring Focus With Breathing (8min 10sec)
This guided breathing exercise is designed to help you focus your mind and relax in the current moment.
Mindful Relaxation (4min)
This brief guided mindful relaxation exercise is an excellent way to reduce stress.
Behavioral Medicine Quick Clips
Managing Anxiety (1min 47sec)
Listen to Dr. Carrie Landa of Behavioral Medicine at Student Health Services give a basic overview of anxiety including how it manifests, the cycle that makes anxiety worse, and how to break that cycle. This clip also includes information on resources for anxiety at BU.
Understanding Anti-Anxiety Medications (9min 04sec)
Dr. Michael Arena gives an overview of anti-anxiety drugs, including the classes and their functions. Commonly prescribed medications from each class are described, along with their side effects and risks.
Dr. Thilde Ross of Behavioral Medicine at Student Health Services talks about the five most common signs of depression and how it is different from everyday sadness. This clip also mentions where students can get help at BU if they are concerned about depression.
Understanding Antidepressants (6min 03sec)
Timothy O’Connor, a psychiatric nurse practitioner in Behavioral Medicine at Student Health Services explains antidepressants, including what they are typically used for, situations in which they may be right for students, how they work, and their risks and side effects.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Understanding OCD (6min 36sec)
Dr. Margaret Ross of Behavioral Medicine at Student Health Services explains the components of OCD and the line between normal behaviors and those which are symptoms of OCD. She also explains causes and treatments of the disorder and lists resources available to students at BU and beyond.
Do You Think You Have ADHD? (3min 18sec)
The BU Psychological Services Center gives an overview of the symptoms and types of ADHD, what to do if you think you have ADHD, and the resources available to students at BU.
Understanding ADHD Testing and Evaluation (2min 59sec)
This clip describes what is involved in neuropsychological evaluation for ADHD, including when one may benefit from this type of evaluation and what the testing process is like at BU.
You’ve Been Diagnosed with ADHD – Now What? (3min 48sec)
The BU Psychological Services Center describes the resources and departments that could be helpful for students with ADHD, including: the Office of Disability Services, Behavioral Medicine at Student Health Services, and the Educational Resource Center.
Understanding Stimulants (3min 35sec)
Dr. Marion Russell talks about stimulants for those who may be exploring treatment options for ADHD. She also discusses the common stimulants that are prescribed, including cautions and concerns.
Living Successfully with ADHD (3min 05sec)
This clip discusses how to understand an ADHD diagnosis, especially specific symptoms and their impact on your life. The clip also offers tips for those newly diagnosed, including educating yourself, understanding your treatment options, and identifying personal strengths and weaknesses.
Dr. Margaret Ross of Behavioral Medicine at Student Health Services discusses strategies for students with ADHD for staying organized, developing SMART goals, and paying special attention to both work schedule and environment.