Mental health difficulties

What are mental health difficulties 

Students can have different mental health difficulties. Some students have a DSM-IV (handbook of psychological disorders) diagnosed disorder such as depression, AD(H)D, autism or schizophrenia. In addition, there are students with problems such as fear of failure, postponing behaviour,  stress, perfectionism and loss of concentration. A physical disability may also lead to mental health issues.

Lastly, there are students who experience problems with standing on their own two feet, meeting new people, leaving home and in the search of their own identity.


Psychological problems can vary in character, consequences and intensity.  Sometimes psychological problems are diagnosed at an early age, in other cases these problems only manifest in adolescence.  These can become evident in different manners. For example, changes in behaviour such as: anti-social/inappropriate behaviour, easily distracted, restricted social skills, uncertainty, mood swings, stress, anxiety and panic behaviour, restlessness, impulsive behaviour and a chaotic work style. Psychological problems can in turn lead to physical complaints such as heart palpitations, headaches, excessive perspiration and vague abdominal discomfort. Most people with psychological problems experience fatigue and lack of energy, with or without the use of medicine.

Possible obstacles 

Click on the following links to see the most common psychological problems in Higher education and the different possible forms of obstacles:



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