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Traumatic Experiences
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depression and frequent mood swings. He
appears to have experienced bipolar disorder,
which could explain not only his depression but
also his spells of hectic creativity.
THE STUDENT WHO IS DEALING WITH INTRUSIVE
CONTACT (STALKING)
Some young adults find themselves victimized by unwanted
intrusive contact by others. These behaviors are sometimes
of a harassing nature and may provoke fear and anxiety. In
most situations, an individual is dealing with an ex-boyfriend
or ex-girlfriend, but others may become the targets of
obsessive attention. The behaviors may include following the
person (with or without the person knowing), secretly
waiting for the person to arrive home, making inappropriate
phone calls, obsessively communicating either directly or
through friends of the victim and communicating with
increasing frequency and intensity. In some cases, the
behaviors can include threats and intimidation. In many
cases, the behavior is just annoying (multiple phone calls
during the day), but other times it can be frightening (a
person suddenly appears in a window of the home).
This behavior often is called stalking and many states have
enacted anti-stalking laws to stop this type of harassment. It
can be difficult to determine which cases will resolve quickly
and which will not. Regardless, the victim of this intrusive
attention can often become distracted, anxious, tense,