Starting university brings new challenges, because the start of your studies is also the beginning of a new phase in your life. It often means moving from school to university, moving out of the parental home and perhaps starting over in an unfamiliar city. You might feel like a stranger in the new location at first and need to learn to find your way around in a new environment. Additionally, there is the subject of medicine: exciting - but also with an extensive learning workload, little free time, pressure to perform and stress. Each person processes stress in a personal way. If one or more stress factors are involved, it is quite normal that each person reacts differently to them and has different levels of resilience.
What stress factors can occur?
- Crises during studies: Probably everyone has had to deal with problems such as exam worries, exam anxiety or concentration difficulties to varying degrees in the course of their studies.
- The onset or worsening of one's own somatic illness.
- The onset or worsening of one's own psychiatric illness (such as depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, eating disorder) - which can affect anyone and are very well treatable.
- External stressful factors due to financial problems, partnership or family conflicts, and grief or loss.
We want you, our students, to cope well and safely with your studies. For us, this includes accompanying you safely over obstacles.
If you feel particularly affected by the four stress factors mentioned above, talk about them openly - with friends and family, but also with fellow students.
In addition, there are competent contact persons on campus who will listen to you confidentially, who will be happy to advise you and who will offer you help.
The Psychological Counseling Service at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf is the first point of contact for students on campus. From here, a referral can be made to diagnostic and further care agencies.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Matthias Franz
Specialist for Psychotherapist Medicine
Specialist für Neurology und Psychiatry
Clinical Institute for Psychosomatic Medicine und Psychotherapy
Dipl.-Psych. Anja Kanzler
Psychotherapist Institute for Outpatients at HHU (PIA)