Does the following seem familiar to you? A feeling of emptiness, endless negative thoughts and feelings, many worries and problems with concentration? They can be symptoms of a depression. Of course it makes sense that these would hinder study activities. Please read what you can do to study as effectively as possible despite these problems. 

    What is it?

    Life is full of ups-and-downs, including feeling blue. You could be suffering from depression if for a period at least two weeks, you have been feeling down every day, and nearly all day, irritable, or do not want to do anything. There are many types of depression; it has varying levels and comes in different forms. If you suspect that you are suffering from depression, it is best to contact your general practitioner. The practitioner can help and refer you to a psychologist or the Dutch Mental Healthcare Association.

    Do you need extra support?

    student counsellor can help with an action plan, and also issue advice for supporting services. For example, when you have a lot of trouble concentrating because of your depression, it may help to temporarily make use of extra exam time. Or if you are in therapy and have to miss classes, it can be handy to have the opportunity to join another class or complete a replacement assignment.   

    Official medical declaration

    When you first meet your student counsellor, bring your medical declaration with you from your physician or doctor. Your student counsellor uses this document to verify your medical situation.

    Is studying too challenging due to your disability?

    Meet with the student counsellor. The student counsellor can help you with the decision to take a break from your study. You can also find out if you are eligible for certain facilities with respect to study finance, such as an extension of your student finance or the absolving of a (part of) your study debt if your disability has made it impossible for you to finish a study programme.