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    Feeling as miserable as this weather at this precise moment.
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    (Original post by Little Popcorns)
    :hugs: to me this all points to you not getting the right kind of support/guidance and struggling with some very difficult problems. You are clearly not stupid that is definitely not what it is! What support have you received since you started your nursing degree/studies?
    I haven't got any support. I saw a new psychiatrist 3 weeks ago and her main focus was to decrease the huge amount of medication I'm on. I haven;t done so yet, she wanted to see how things went. Haven't managed to talk to anyone at the disability services department either (4 occasions there were loads of people, 1 occasion there was no one there. :/ )

    (Original post by Ezme39)
    I know you've probably tried this, but is there a different way you could revise which is less stressful/ more fun? Sometimes things like flashcards or pictures can be easier if you're finding it tough to focus... and anatomy is ideal for that.
    Hope you're feeling a bit better now
    Glad to hear you got a good night's sleep.

    I made a load of flashcards for head and neck muscles last week for lab, but the test next week is on the history of anatomy and organic chemistry. I'm not really sure how to make flashcards for those topics tbh.

    I'm finding it very hard to motivate myself just because I've now managed to convince myself I'm going to get an F so what's the point. I know that's ridiculous and I will definitely get an F if I do that but it's just like why am I still bothering, I'm stupid and will fail my other classes anyway. I feel like I was stupid to have an ambition because of these ****ing voices, I feel like they're always gonna be there and always going to mess up everything I try.
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    After not talking to my gran for a few days after she said some pretty nasty things and pretty much said she doesn't support my wedding, we had a good heart to heart tonight and she agreed that doesn't listen to me enough or really take an interest in my MH, despite me trying to tell her what the conditions are, how they affect me etc and that the reason she isn't that happy about my wedding is because she still sees me as her kid. She said I could be 40 and she would still feel it was too soon for me to get married, which I understand completely, I just wish she worded it a bit nicer the other day there. I know she is stressed about my papa and that is maybe causing her to be short tempered too.

    I feel a lot lighter now. I have been ill with stress, nerves and every emotion under the sun the last few days because of this. I see her and my papa like my mum and dad since they raised me more than my mum did so it really got to me and it put a dampner on a time when I should have been over the moon with my wedding being booked. Things aren't 100% between us but definietly feel lighter and hopefully things will settle in the next wee while and we will talk more and things will improve. Feels like tonight was a step in the right direction though :yep:
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    I haven't got any support. I saw a new psychiatrist 3 weeks ago and her main focus was to decrease the huge amount of medication I'm on. I haven;t done so yet, she wanted to see how things went. Haven't managed to talk to anyone at the disability services department either (4 occasions there were loads of people, 1 occasion there was no one there. :/ )

    Have you thought about perhaps phoning or emailing the department for an appointment? I do that sometimes when I don't want to walk in and start crying in public. :hugs:
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    I haven't got any support. I saw a new psychiatrist 3 weeks ago and her main focus was to decrease the huge amount of medication I'm on. I haven;t done so yet, she wanted to see how things went. Haven't managed to talk to anyone at the disability services department either (4 occasions there were loads of people, 1 occasion there was no one there. :/ )
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    Ah maybe it's worth writing down what it is you have to contend with/tackle as in the medication being reduced and also the getting round to speaking to disability services as you've been at uni quite a while and you really need that extra support. They need to know just how much you're struggling, there is honestly a lot of support avaliable once they're aware. Also the thing NOT to do is to split your problems and your studying (in your own mind and in reality i.e. not speaking to support services at uni). Sounds stupid/obvious but internalised stigma means we might end up hiding things in certain contexts and it's to our detriment when actually all they'll do is recognise it and actually lift some of the burden of coping alone. Force yourself upon the disability services fully booked or not! Also speak to your personal tutor.
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    (Original post by Airmed)
    Have you thought about perhaps phoning or emailing the department for an appointment? I do that sometimes when I don't want to walk in and start crying in public. :hugs:
    I emailed them just before the semester started. They told me to come in and chat face-to-face but did warn me they tend to get very busy around the start of uni. :/

    How's the Q going?
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    I emailed them just before the semester started. They told me to come in and chat face-to-face but did warn me they tend to get very busy around the start of uni. :/

    How's the Q going?
    Yeah, that is very true. :hugs: I am planning to make an appointment on Monday at mine simply cause I know how busy it will get.

    It's going ok. The grogginess is the worst, tbh. And the headaches. No real improvement on my mood etc and I was hearing things yesterday.
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    (Original post by Little Popcorns)
    Ah maybe it's worth writing down what it is you have to contend with/tackle as in the medication being reduced and also the getting round to speaking to disability services as you've been at uni quite a while and you really need that extra support. They need to know just how much you're struggling, there is honestly a lot of support avaliable once they're aware. Also the thing NOT to do is to split your problems and your studying (in your own mind and in reality i.e. not speaking to support services at uni). Sounds stupid/obvious but internalised stigma means we might end up hiding things in certain contexts and it's to our detriment when actually all they'll do is recognise it and actually lift some of the burden of coping alone.
    I'll take your advice and write everything down. I turn into a total wreck around figures of authority so having a list should help with getting things across. I do tend to hide/downplay things a lot, maybe internalized stigma or embarrassment or just feeling silly about stuff going on. A lot of the times I have the view that everyone else is managing so why can't I. I know I have stuff going on that they don't but everyone has their own burdens and I don't know whati t is that these A grade people have going on - which makes me feel worse. I keep getting Fs whereas these other people do so well. Ah sorry, kind of self-hatred rant going on there Sorry.

    How're things going for you ,Popcorns?
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    (Original post by Airmed)
    Yeah, that is very true. :hugs: I am planning to make an appointment on Monday at mine simply cause I know how busy it will get.

    It's going ok. The grogginess is the worst, tbh. And the headaches. No real improvement on my mood etc and I was hearing things yesterday.
    Yeah the grogginess can be pretty bad. Does coffee help you at all? As for headaches they wore off for me after a bit so hopefully they'll stop for you too. If not they may be able to prescribe you something (for eg. very low dose of amitriptyline perhaps), though it depends on they type of headaches.

    Sorry to hear you were hearing things, it's so ****ing awful, you definitely have my sympathy there. :console: You may need to increase the quetiapine or maybe just give it a bit longer to work for you. I'd really advise telling your CPN and see what s/he recommends.

    But yeah, if you ever want to talk about what's going on, feel free to PM me. :hugs:
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    Yeah the grogginess can be pretty bad. Does coffee help you at all? As for headaches they wore off for me after a bit so hopefully they'll stop for you too. If not they may be able to prescribe you something (for eg. very low dose of amitriptyline perhaps), though it depends on they type of headaches.

    Sorry to hear you were hearing things, it's so ****ing awful, you definitely have my sympathy there. :console: You may need to increase the quetiapine or maybe just give it a bit longer to work for you. I'd really advise telling your CPN and see what s/he recommends.

    But yeah, if you ever want to talk about what's going on, feel free to PM me. :hugs:
    I drink a lot of caffeine but it doesn't seem to do much. I suffer from migraines anyway, cluster headaches too, and the GP has never prescribed anything for me so I doubt I will be given anything. :/

    I will probably try it for a bit longer, it has only been over a week. Thanks for the offer :hugs:
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    Had a really stressful day today. Moved my stuff out of uni and then went food shopping with my dad. It was the first time I've been out of the house in a while as I've basically just been zoned out on meds for the last week and it was all a bit too much In spite of the fact I was wearing my pressure vest everything was just too overwhelming and I had so much sensory overload from the car journey, the supermarkets etc. Had a really bad meltdown when I got home. Feeling really frustrated
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    Feel *****y.
    I feel like im never acc happy. Like when im happy there is always sadness there underneath like a lump in my throat and sometimes im smiling and will just randomly start crying. unless im like euphoric which happens occasionally but not often.
    what is acc the point of being alive.
    like what if next year is just as crap.
    probably still be lonely only this time i wont have even my mum to hug and it will just be me fending for myself.
    like anyone acc is bothered tho, do me a favour dont get close to me then air me for ages bc it saddens me and i already have too much sadness.
    cant believe there is still 12 months of this **** and everyone getting bored and moving on before i can move on myself and who knows if that moving on will even be a better thing.
    if it isnt that's it cba anymore
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    Sad, consumed with worries/anxiety.
    I feel encapsulated in a dark, horrible cloud at the moment.
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    (Original post by LesPaul_Player91)
    Had a really stressful day today. Moved my stuff out of uni and then went food shopping with my dad. It was the first time I've been out of the house in a while as I've basically just been zoned out on meds for the last week and it was all a bit too much In spite of the fact I was wearing my pressure vest everything was just too overwhelming and I had so much sensory overload from the car journey, the supermarkets etc. Had a really bad meltdown when I got home. Feeling really frustrated
    That sounds awful hope it gets better for you soon!
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    I'll take your advice and write everything down. I turn into a total wreck around figures of authority so having a list should help with getting things across. I do tend to hide/downplay things a lot, maybe internalized stigma or embarrassment or just feeling silly about stuff going on. A lot of the times I have the view that everyone else is managing so why can't I. I know I have stuff going on that they don't but everyone has their own burdens and I don't know whati t is that these A grade people have going on - which makes me feel worse. I keep getting Fs whereas these other people do so well. Ah sorry, kind of self-hatred rant going on there Sorry.

    How're things going for you ,Popcorns?
    Yeah it's really easy to compare and feel bad about yourself but at the end of the day they may have problems but something's going right for them as they are achieving the grades. Don't worry about them work to your script and get what you need to make progress

    Honestly it's so easy to get distracted by other people and their great grades or whatever it is and let it affect you but you should have a one track mind in terms of getting what you need because they probably won't even exist in your life after you finish the course. You're the priority!

    Erm okay the usual ups and downs but had my little letter from the end of cbt was so nice to get a kind of nice report and detailed how I can get back into the service if and when I need to
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    Never felt more depressed in my life.. right before year 13 starts )))))
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    Anyone got any advice about going into a school year with depression and how to make the best of it?
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    So on Friday I went into my local benefit resource centre and told them I need help with writing my letter for the mandatory reconsideration for PIP and they told me to come in tomorrow and they can call up PIP for me and explain the exact points I disagree with in my report and things they have totally missed and that will save me writing a letter. I didn't know they could do this and everything I've read online says it has to be a letter that you send so I'm a bit confused :confused:
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    (Original post by Spock's Socks)
    So on Friday I went into my local benefit resource centre and told them I need help with writing my letter for the mandatory reconsideration for PIP and they told me to come in tomorrow and they can call up PIP for me and explain the exact points I disagree with in my report and things they have totally missed and that will save me writing a letter. I didn't know they could do this and everything I've read online says it has to be a letter that you send so I'm a bit confused :confused:
    I believe you can challenge it on the phone, however, it is best to do it in writing so you have everything written down etc. Maybe ask their help in writing a letter too? So they speak to them on the phone and then also you send a letter to the DWP with what you said on the phone?
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    Trapped inside a world of sadness.
    Not sure I can take much more of this!
    I'm crying way to much and it just needs to stop!
    OCD is the worst thing ever, accompany that with Depression and Anxitey and you've got yourself one hell of a miserable time.

    Life just keeps getting worse and worse currently. Anything I try to do to combat these illnesses just makes them worse! I don't know what I can do. Nothing is working!
    Arghhhhhhhhhhhhh!!

    Why me!? What have I done to deserve this :cry2:
 
 
 
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