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Self-help Resources

Virtual Self-Help Pamphlet Collection

The Virtual Self-Help Pamphlet Collection features virtual self-help pamphlets from counseling centers all over the country. A virtual pamphlet put out by another university may refer to services available only to students at that university. Purdue University students should contact CAPS at (765) 494-6995 between 8 am and 5pm, Monday-Friday. For after-hours emergencies, contact PUSH's Urgent Care at 494-1724 or call the Lafayette Crisis Center at 742-0244.

On-Line Programs

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15 minute Combination Relaxation Exercise

Courtesy of Dr. Bonnie Lambourn, a pyschologist at Hobart and William Smith Colleges Counseling Center.

8 minute Progressive Relaxation Exercise

Courtesy of Dr. Steve Sprinkle, former Director of Hobart and William Smith Colleges Counseling Center.


The relaxation exercises contained on this site are provided to help you learn how to relax in the comfort of your own home. While relaxation can be helpful at soothing oneself and reducing stress and anxiety, you may find that you still feel stress even when you have mastered relaxation techniques. If that is the case, please feel free to contact our office at (765) 494-6995 to schedule an appointment, or get additional information.

Bipolar Video Series

Russ Federman, Ph.D., the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services in the Department of Student Health at the University of Virginia and Dr. Andy Thomson, a psychiatrist who also works at CAPS at the University of Virginia, have recently put together a bipolar video series for YouTube. They essentially took 10 topics that they wanted young adults with bipolar disorder to know about and interviewed each other about the topics. The video segments runs between approximately 5 to 12 minutes each.

The specific video content areas are:

  • What Is Bipolar Disorder
  • Psychiatric Medication in Bipolar Disorder
  • Use of Natural Supplements in the Treatment of Bipolar Disorder
  • Denial and Resistance to the Diagnosis in the Treatment of Bipolar Disorder
  • When Is Bipolar Hypomania More Than Simply Feeling Good
  • Substance Abuse and Bipolar Disorder
  • Importance of Good Sleep for Those with Bipolar Disorder
  • Importance of Healthy Life Structure for Those with Bipolar
  • Importance of a Support Group in Treating Bipolar Disorder
  • Looking for a Psychotherapist or Psychiatrist Who Treats Bipolar Disorder

Click here to be directed to the YouTube video series.

Campus Resources and Links

Take a look at the Campus Resources & Links page to find other resources and organizations on campus that may be helpful.

Brochures and Handouts

CAPS Brochures and Handouts are downloadable in .pdf format. If you are not able to view .pdf files, you can download Acrobat Reader for free.

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) Resources
Autism Resources
Autism Resources for Professionals
Guidelines For Dealing With Emotional Individuals
International Students' Adjustment to College
Learning Disorders Resources