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It’s quite common to feel sad, dejected and downhearted during certain periods of one’s life. heavy and depressed. This may be a reaction to increased stress, loss or disappointment. Transitional phases like moving to a new and unfamiliar place or the ending of a relationship are both experiences that may lead to a feeling of downheartedness.

For most people, this feeling will go away on its own. However, if you feel downhearted for a long time (weeks and months), then you may have depression. It’s then important to seek help and not isolate yourself.

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Am I depressed?

How do you know if what you are feeling is depression or a “difficult period”?

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Grief. Is what I’m feeling normal, and what can I do?

There are many ways to react when you are in grief and none of them are wrong.

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Studenter spør (Students ask)

Studenter spør (Students ask) is a free service for students. You can ask about anything, from anywhere, completely anonymously.

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Tackle downheartedness together with others

Tankevirus (Thought virus)

On their own, our thoughts are harmless. It’s how we react to our thoughts that can potentially take away our joy in everyday life. Attend a free course about tankevirus (thought virus) and learn more about how to deal with your negative thoughts.

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How are you feeling now?

Everyone has emotions. How we control them plays a big part in how we feel in everyday life. This is a free conversation group where you can share your experiences and explore the topics of emotions together with other students.

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Coping with life and grief

Have you experienced a death that you need help to process? This is a free conversation group where you can get help processing your grief together with other students in the same situation.

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It helps to talk with someone

Conversation with a counsellor

Have you noticed that you are putting yourself down or have less energy and desire to spend time with others? If you want to talk to reflect out loud and organise your thoughts, talking to a counsellor is a good place to start.

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Hjelpetelefonen (The help line)

Hjelpetelefonen (The help line) is a free and anonymous service from Mental Helse for those who need someone to talk to (available 24/7).

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University chaplain and Student humanist

Have you experienced grief or a loss in your life that you wish to talk about with someone? If so, the university chaplains or the student humanists can be a good option.

Has this lasted for a while?

Depression is not the same as sadness or mood swings. Depression is characterised by hopelessness and a feeling of emptiness, as well as a lack of interest in or enjoyment of what you are doing. When this starts to affect the way you live your life, it’s important that you contact us.

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