Tomorrow (or maybe Monday) I will have a meeting with one of my tutors to discuss some "problems" I have been having at uni this term. They are aware of my asperger's, which I told them about when I came here, but this meeting would be about mental health problems. My psychiatrist told me that he thinks I have bipolar disorder although I haven't yet received any diagnosis as such (hopefully will do in July).
I want to tell them about it so they don't think I'm just being lazy- I have missed several classes over the last week or two. But I am quite nervous as a) I don't want them to kick me out (which, based on other people's stories, seems a possibility) b) a lack of "official" diagnosis as of yet. I am also worrying about how best to broach the subject: I don't just want to turn up and be like "hey, I'm bipolar- just thought you should know!".
There is a good reason for me wanting to tell them: I was extremely (extremely) depressed for the first few weeks of this term and did really badly in a few assignments. However, over the last week my mood has been getting increasingly "manic": I have missed four nights' sleep, haven't eaten enough (i.e. one meal a day), have become dehydrated, and concentrate. The sleeping tablets I got from my GP, which do actually help me sleep really well, are making my head really fuzzy too: my memory is awful at the moment. My general mood (i.e. how I am feeling) is pretty bad while this is going on. All of this is really affecting my work and my ability to cope with being here and exams.
A friend suggested that I might be eligible for special consideration because of the problems, but I think not having the diagnosis might prevent that.
Any advice? Thanks! x
Talking to tutors about mental illness
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