A. Three (or more) of the following symptoms must be present during the same semester, and represent a change from previous functioning:
Note: Do not include symptoms that are present between the months of May and August, or immediately before or after a holiday.
1. Excessive complaining about upcoming test, project, paper, or presentation.
2. Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all activities surrounding coursework.
3. Excessive consumption of two or more of the following the night before the due date: coffee, chai, baked goods, chocolate, cheez-its, hummus.
4. Inappropriate feelings of impending failure. Individual must recognize that these feelings are excessive or unreasonable.
5. Diminished ability to think or concentrate, nearly every day.
6. Recurrent thoughts of skipping class, leaving school, or becoming a hippie.
B. Cycling occurrences of the following, one or two nights prior to the due date:
1. 15 minutes of studying or writing.
2. 20 minutes of Facebooking.
3. 5 minutes of tea-drinking.
4. 3 minutes of dancing to Mika, Queen, or The Jackson Five. (Do not include if dancing is related to coursework, OR displays even a little bit of talent.)
C. The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or recreational areas of functioning.
D. The symptoms are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance or a general medical condition.