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Internet addiction destroying my dream of becoming a doctor

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    I have a severe Internet addiction. Not just any normal one this is a very very very severe one.

    I've always been very smart at school. Studied hard, got top grades and had my priorities right. Then when I turned about 13 or 14 I started to use the Internet more and more. It destroyed my life. My self-esteem because of forums etc.

    I don't get enough sleep because of it. I'll stay up until 2am on school nights just on the Internet when I always used to sleep at 10pm and no later than 11pm. I never had a problem studying for exams and my life was happy before I started using the Internet excessively.

    I've wanted to be a doctor since the age of 5. It's the only thing that matters to me. I would feel suicidal if I didn't get into medical school. I cannot see myself doing any other profession it means the world to me. I studied loads to achieve this goal and was a very academic student.

    I have important GCSE exams and my first one is just in 6 weeks. I'm predicted all A*s. I have done hardly any revision. I had it all planned out: Start 4 months before the exams. When it was 2 months and 3 weeks until the first exam I was freaking out that there wasn't enough time. I've been having panic attacks since, hyperventilating, kicking myself, crying outrageously, having suicidal thoughts but never actually getting started on studying properly. (Only done 5 hours this week!) I have 16 freaking exams!!!

    It's not the first time I've wanted to battle this Internet addiction. Even over a year ago I made attempts but nothing works. I've tried so hard but it's literally impossible. I just can't stop it.

    I just search random things and go on websites in whatever category and just stay on the Internet for hours and hours on end. It's just so entertaining. There is so much you can do.

    I've been telling myself since late February 'I'll start revision now' and I haven't properly yet. I keep having panic attacks and trying to motivate myself but nothing stops me from going on the Internet. I convince myself I'll do it the next day and I'll be fine but time keeps shrinking and shrinking and the exams keep getting closer and closer.

    I just don't know what to do anymore. It has completely ruined me and my life. I wish I never discovered it. Its not as simple as just 'turning it off' it's more psychological than that. I have to use it for homework and if I study and unsure about something I've read. I use it for entertainment and finding answers to everything. It is the ultimate resource for everything.

    It's ruined everything. I feel hopeless and like I want to die.

    What to do?
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    I love the irony of this being posted on a website using the internet which you will now repeatedly check for answers between browsing whilst you wait.


    I don't see how hard it is. I might sound like a douche but you know what to do. Why are you crying and looking for others to pick you up and go "You just need to stop coming on so late and slowly ease off or cut it out all together".

    Op. Grow up. You say you're smart? Prove it. When all your friends have got jobs and you are doing a substandard degree because your grades were poor are you going to be grateful?

    Get off the computer and go to bed now. Limit yourself and learn to control what you do. P.s. Revising is more fun when you get awesome test scores back.
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    Turn off the computer, you ninny.
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    Just remember it's not too late to start revision, you could read through a whole science textbook in about about a week
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    I don't want to give off the wrong message here, but GCSE's aren't really much to worry about. You could easily get an A without revising, in fact I got four A's, two C's and the rest B's without any revision whatsoever.

    I'm in the same dilemma as you except I'm taking AS levels and my exams are in just over a month. Wish me luck.
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    http://www.counselling-directory.org...addiction.html

    You need seek professional help OP. I doubt anyone on TSR is going to be able help you significantly. Best of luck x
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    I started revision about 2 weeks before my first GCSE exam (because of having to do lots of art coursework..) and still came out with 10A*s and 2As. You can do it! The closer it is to exams the more you will start to feel the pressure, and maybe even so much that you will be put off going on the internet in favour of revision.

    You should tell your family what you told us and perhaps they could help you limit your hours on the internet?

    Might be a bit harsh, but if you were smart you wouldve been able to get great grades before GCSE without doing much work at all. Probably even for GCSEs too (well maybe not all A*s and As and Bs) so don't worry too much about it. You just need to make sure by the time you're doing A-levels that you've sorted yourself out and learn some self-control and self-motivation because that's essentially what you lack.
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    Ask your parents to take the computer away from you/ disconnect your internet for the period of your exams.

    It really seems like the only way, as ironically you've asked for advice on an internet forum, which is precisely the thing you don't want to do.

    If you have to use the internet/computer for homework then ask your parents to regulate your computer usage to 1 hour.

    Talk to your parents or any responsible figure in your life. The key thing I have to say here is that, don't feel so down. There is still time to revise and get those A*!

    Thats all the advice I can give you, but advice alone won't make a difference. Its down to you to change, and I think the prospect of getting bad GCSEs is a big enough motivator for you to kick this addiction.
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    What on earth are your parents thinking letting you fritter away your life on the interweb ?
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    start revising and give yourself 15 mins ever hour on the internet as a break. also, use educational websites to revise your subjects?
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    (Original post by Politricks)
    Just remember it's not too late to start revision, you could read through a whole science textbook in about about a week
    In a day or two if you really put your mind to it.
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    (Original post by Nox123)
    I don't want to give off the wrong message here, but GCSE's aren't really much to worry about. You could easily get an A without revising, in fact I got four A's, two C's and the rest B's without any revision whatsoever.

    I'm in the same dilemma as you except I'm taking AS levels and my exams are in just over a month. Wish me luck.
    It's true. I got a mixture of A*s / As and Bs and one C with no revision and next to no work during in class time.
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    (Original post by Darkarium)
    It's true. I got a mixture of A*s / As and Bs and one C with no revision and next to no work during in class time.
    Wow, you sound exactly like me I even managed to get full marks on all but one of my physics exams, even though I paid next to no attention in class and did no revision at all. If I could go back in time and give myself one piece of advice in high school it would be to focus more on socialising and having fun than studying/being a "goodie two shoes" :P
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    Like a lot of people have said here, you really don't need to revise for GCSEs to come out with good grades, they're mickey mouse qualifications these days anyway, universities know that they mean nothing and will pretty much ignore them anyway. Just turn up and write your name on the paper and you've pretty much got a C, anybody with half a brain will get mostly As and Bs and anybody with more than half a brain will get mostly As and Bs without revision.

    Can't wait til Mr Gove pushes through his reforms, then GCSEs might actually mean something again, can't believe that the main opposition to his reforms is that it will be unfair because disadvantaged children won't be able to get good grades, no, it means that only intelligent people will be able to get good grades, the way it should be.
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    I managed A's B's and C's with little to no revision and minimal effort in class, not bragging but if your predicted A*'s then I imagine you could do the same. Just dont do the same with your A levels, i realised I could have attained so much more and have not let it happen again.
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    (Original post by James82)
    Like a lot of people have said here, you really don't need to revise for GCSEs to come out with good grades, they're mickey mouse qualifications these days anyway, universities know that they mean nothing and will pretty much ignore them anyway. Just turn up and write your name on the paper and you've pretty much got a C, anybody with half a brain will get mostly As and Bs and anybody with more than half a brain will get mostly As and Bs without revision.

    Can't wait til Mr Gove pushes through his reforms, then GCSEs might actually mean something again, can't believe that the main opposition to his reforms is that it will be unfair because disadvantaged children won't be able to get good grades, no, it means that only intelligent people will be able to get good grades, the way it should be.
    Agreed 100%

    But one piece of advice for the OP: DO revise for English, because I was predicted A*'s in lang and lit but I only got C's (apparently I barely scraped them too) because I didn't revise at all.
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    They key word here is willpower - there's no other way around it. You're just going to have to make yourself put away the laptop, take out a book and start studying.

    You still have plenty of time so pull your act together. You need discipline, strong willpower, and self-control if you're going to get anywhere - especially if you're going to have to constantly do the amount of studying required to be a doctor. If you don't fix yourself now, you'll have this problem throughout your life.
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    (Original post by James82)
    can't believe that the main opposition to his reforms is that it will be unfair because disadvantaged children won't be able to get good grades, no, it means that only intelligent people will be able to get good grades, the way it should be.
    As harsh as that sounds - I have to agree.

    OP: As an avid computer user my self who also spends a stupid amount of time on my computer & the internet: I suggest creating a user account on your computer which can only do certain things. In my case, I've created a 'study' account and restricted my self to the sites I visit the most; YouTube; Facebook; Twitter etc. Programmes such as Steam, Skype, MSN, any default games on Windows, any games that don't use Steam and a whole host of other applications are all blocked and won't run. This allows me to study for about an hour without being distracted (I study better using online resources, powerpoints etc).
    In regards of just logging off the account and logging into the other: get a parent to make sure you're still on the 'study' account.

    As others have said - GCSEs really aren't that much of a challenge...but you should still try your best if you want to be a doctor!

    You can beat your addiction
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    Oh people, how helpful you are bragging about how you handled exams without revision whilst the OP seeks help on his internet addiction.

    To the OP: Unplug the internet (or better, make your parents switch it off and on at your request) and limit the use to one hour a day for essential communication and recherche.
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    Why don't you just pop to the library for a few hours after school to do your revision? If you get bored, take a break for 15-20 minutes and read a book or bring an MP3 player with you.

    Also, try not to let teachers get you down too much. I remember about a couple of weeks before my GCSE English Literature exam, I got a C in my mock in class. In the actual exam, I got an A*.

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