Studying with Mental health issues

Apr 10, 2019 | General

There are various approaches to mental health issues. Also, there are different kinds of diagnosis and treatment options. But for sure – all mental health problems are an unpleasant experience. Students get upset, frightened or confused. May some feel it would be a sign of weakness and think they are the only who feeling this way. In fact, mental health issues are a common human experience. In fact, mental health issues are a common human experience, but students can overcome them whilst studying.

 

In this article, we will look at 3 different types of mental health issues and offer some guidance on how to face them.

Stress

 

Actually, there is no medical definition of stress. Experts often disagree if stress would be the cause of a problem or the result of it. However, stress can be good in some situations or becoming a problem if people feel overwhelmed by stress. The right kind of stress can sharpen the mind and reflexes. On the other hand, negative stress can lead to mental health issues like anxiety or depression.

Signs and symptoms of stressed students

  • Feelings of being overwhelmed
  • Irritability
  • More frequent or extreme pessimistic attitude
  • Trouble with remembering assignments and deadlines
  • Chronic worrying
  • Impaired speech (mumbling or stuttering) or/and Impaired concentration
  • Trouble getting along with peers/classmates or lecturers

What you can do to help yourself if you are stressed while studying

  • Get enough sleep
  • Talk to someone (e.g. DGHE Welfare Officers)
  • Using strategies for relaxing (e.g. taking deep breaths, squeezing a stress ball, going for a walk, listening to relaxing music, learning some meditation technique)
  • Don’t leave your assignment until the last minute

What DGHE can for stressed students

  • DGHE Welfare Officer offer one to one emotional support (in confidence)
  • Extra time can be given for assignments (medical letter required)

 

Anxiety

Anxiety is the feeling of fear or panic which people feel from time to time. Normally people feel better after a disturbing situation is over. But sometimes this feeling becomes constant and has a negative impact of daily life.

Signs and symptoms of anxiety

  • Rapid heartbeat and sweating
  • Problems with sleep
  • Lack of concentration
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fidgeting
  • Fatigue

What you can do to help yourself if you are a student suffering from anxiety

  • Talk to someone you trust and discuss what is bothering you
  • Walk away from things/persons that bother you
  • Keep yourself busy and do physical exercise
  • Seek professional help if none of the above works for you

What DGHE can do for students with anxiety

  • DGHE Welfare Officers offer one to one emotional support
  • Extra time for assignments (medical letter required)

 

Depression

Depression is a medical illness that negatively affects a student’s ability to work, study, interact with peers, or take care of themselves.

 

Signs and symptoms of depressed students

  • Sleeping too less or too much
  • Appetite changes – eating too much or too little
  • Withdrawing from participating in activities once enjoyed
  • Feeling of sadness, unhappiness and hopelessness
  • Difficulty in concentrating in class or while writing assignments/during exams
  • Thoughts of suicide

What you can do to help yourself if you are a student with depression

  • Go to your General Practitioner
  • Talk to people who are in the same boat as you (online communities like Elefriends)
  • Get enough sleep and cut out stimulants after 5 p.m.
  • Got to the gym or for a simple walk
  • Have a healthy diet (good mix of vegetables, protein fruits, nuts, seeds, oats and whole grains)
  • Download Emoodji (a mobile app designed to offer students a way of coping with their feelings and emotional wellbeing)

What DGHE can do for students with depression

  • DGHE Welfare Officers offer one to one emotional support
  • Extra time for assignments (medical letter required)

 

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