Consider this College Health 101—a guide to what students really want (or need) to know about their mental and physical health when they're away from home.
College students facing their first illness, accident, or anxiety away from home often flip-flop between wanting to handle it themselves and wishing their parents could swoop in and fix everything. Advice from peers and “Dr. Google” can be questionable.The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook provides accurate, trustworthy, evidence-based medical information (served with a dose of humor) to reduce anxiety and stress and help set appropriate expectations for more than 50 common issues.
What if you can’t sleep well (or can’t sleep at all) in your dorm-room? What if a pill “gets stuck” in your throat? What if your roommate falls asleep (or passes out) wearing contacts, and wakes up with one painfully stuck? Your friend’s terrible sore throat isn’t Strep or Mono? What else could it be? What if everyone from your group project thinks they’re coming down with the flu the day before your presentation?
Dr. Jill Grimes has the answer to these questions and many more. Her guidebook is designed to help you:
Decide if and when to seek medical help
Know what to expect when you get there
Plan for the worst-case scenario if you don’t seek help
Learn how you can prevent this in the future
Realize what you can do right now, before you see a doctor
Understand the diagnostic and treatment options
The topics of tattoos, smoking, vaping, pot, piercings, and prescription drugs will also be tackled throughout the pages of this handbook, ensuring you, your roommates, and your friends have a healthy semester.
“Over the years, I have learned that the typical college student with a health concern will generally consult their roommate or Dr. Google in lieu of seeking help from an actual physician. Not only does Dr. Grimes give expert advice of what to do about common college ailments, but even more important, is clear about when getting medical attention is not optional. The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook is the next best thing to having your own family doctor as your college student’s roommate. Other than paying tuition, this is the most valuable gift you can give a student.” —Lauren Streicher, MD, Clinical Professor of Ob-Gyn, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
“As a pediatrician and child health expert, parents look to me for trusted advice. I whole-heartedly recommend The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook, an accurate, practical guide that will help your kids deal with unexpected illnesses, injuries, and anxieties (and will give you answers for their late-night texts). Definitely my new go-to high school graduation gift!” —Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, bestselling author and parenting expert
“A healthy body and a healthy mind! Dr. Jill Grimes skillfully addresses the vast array of college woes, from sore throat to STIs, recognizes the ills anxiety can cause, and has the answers to young adults’ health questions that will carry them through a lifetime. Buy this for your college student . . . and maybe even yourself!” —Sanjiv Chopra, M.D., MACP, bestselling author and professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
“This is an essential guide to health and wellness when you head off to college . . . and your mom can’t be there to hold your hand and take care of you.” —Ari Brown, MD, FAAP, bestselling author of Baby 411 series
“A graduation gift that will give for a lifetime! The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook is the most important book your college bound child needs to take to school. . . . A gift as much as for the parent as the college bound student, this book is truly First Aid for Adulthood. With her years of experience in college health, Dr. Jill Grimes summarizes the common conditions we worry about, explains how to help treat the symptoms, and when to visit the health center. Dr. Grimes debunks myths and touches on the key points parents want their adult children to know (but often cannot find the words to say) in clear and insightful terms.” —Frank J. Domino, M.D., professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dept. of Family Medicine and Community Health, editor-in-chief of 5-Minute Clinical Consult
“Every college freshman needs a copy of The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook! This book addresses the most common medical issues encountered in the college years and teaches your student how to handle them like a champ . . . without having to call mom or dad for advice. Written by a University Health Center family doctor with years of experience who’s seen it all, this book will also help parents feel confident that their college student’s health is in good hands.” —Gretchen LaSalle, MD, MultiCare Rockwood Clinic Family Medicine, author of Let’s Talk Vaccines: A Clinician’s Guide to Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy and Saving Lives
Praise for Seductive Delusions "Grimes debunks the 'seductive delusion' that people cannot catch STDs if they choose the 'right' partner in a readable and well-organized book." —Library Journal
"While probably not recreational reading, the book is a good gift for the teen in your life that just might be contemplating getting into a relationship (sexual or not)." —Sacramento Book Review
"Read the book from cover to cover... knowledge is power." —Healthbolt.net