Studying and anxiety complaints

Feelings of fear and concern are great and difficult to control

Everyone is afraid or anxious at some point. Anxiety is a normal and healthy reaction to a real threat and makes you temporarily more alert. Sometimes, this healthy anxiety can become "unhealthy" and control your life and daily functioning. There are many steps you can take to tackle your fear or panic. Talk about the fear with someone you trust or your GP.

  • What can you do yourself
    • Talk about your feelings with people you trust. They can help you and make you feel less alone.
    • Exercise or sports will help reduce your anxiety symptoms and make you feel better.
    • Check out the Student Well-being Platform on CANVAS - an internal UT information site that  includes videos on topics relating to studying and maintaining mental health. It provides advice, practical tips, useful links and exercises.
      The platform offers a module on "anxiety" that provides information and useful self-help tools for dealing with the situation you are in.
    • See what courses and trainings are available to support you in maintaining your mental health. Make an appointment with the student psychologist for an exploratory meeting where an assessment is made of your complaints and what support you need.
      Also, check out the well-being website 'Are you okay'.
    • Information for Higher Education students with support needs: I study with a mental health disorder external link
  • What support is available at he UT

    As a student with personal circumstances, you can rely on the various support counsellors at UT for study support and the necessary facilities. They will think along with you and help reduce any obstacles and prevent or limit study delays due to your circumstances as much as possible.

    • If feelings of anxiety and concern are hindering your study performance, talk to the study adviser of your programme. The study adviser will give advice on course selection and setting up an adjusted study schedule if the circumstances have caused study delays or to allow for therapeutic treatment. The study adviser provides support in organizing necessary adjustments within your programme.
    • The student psychologist offers support for mental health problems. During an intake, the student psychologist will advise on a suitable follow-up if there are anxiety complaints. Make an appointment with your GP or the student psychologist if you think you can't handle the stress.
    • Contact the student counsellor for an impartial advice and financial support for study delays due to your (mental) complaints.
    • If you would like to make use of the facilities and arrangements, consult the step-by-step plan. Proof of your personal circumstances is required to claim facilities and arrangements.

    For more information on external mental support, see the 'Studying and Mental Health' page.

  • Useful self-help resources

    The provided tools are not intended to replace professional psychological or medical assistance, but rather to supplement regular "office-based" assistance from a qualified GP or psychologist. If you have mental health problems, please contact a student psychologist or your GP.

    An internal UT information site (on Canvas) with videos on topics related to studying and maintaining your mental health. It provides practical tips, useful links and exercises.
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