Special circumstances

Mental health difficulties

There are many different mental health problems, each with its own particular characteristics and consequences. Examples of conditions that affect mental functioning are: attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), fear of failure, depression, borderline and other personality disorders, and Asperger's Syndrome (an autistic disorder). These conditions can cause depressive symptoms, contact problems, problems with cooperation, planning and organization or severe forms of stress and anxieties.

In addition to the above symptoms, students who suffer from these conditions may also have to contend with energy problems. In common with most features of mental health problems, energy problems are not visible to others, which can create additional difficulties when studying.

Click here for an overview of the facilities that may be available.

Listed below are some people you can turn to for support and information about specific facilities:

  • If you would like to speak to a student psychologist, you can make an appointment with them at the Student Desk in the Academia building or by telephone between 10.00 - 12.00 en 13.30 - 15.30 hours on number 013 - 466 8000.
  • The academic advisor will help you consider what adaptations you need as far as educational facilities and studying are concerned. These discussions are, of course, also conducted on a confidential basis.
  • Inform the student counselor if you are concerned that you may fall behind with your studies as a result of your mental health problem.


Students with a disability who have questions about educational facilities or want advice on special arrangements or practical tips on how to manage their studies should contact the academic advisor of their school.


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