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    hi. my college attendance is 56% and i got told off today by the head guy and got a warning. he kept asking if there were any mitigating circumstances, but i didn't want to say anything. But is depression a valid mitigating circumstance? thing is i dont tell anybody about it, not my parents and i haven't been to doctors or anything and thats why i haven't been attending much or done my coursework
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    It is a health condition and, if it is affecting your attendance and performance, certainly would be classed as mitigating circumstances. Why wouldn't it be?

    But up do need to see your GP and receive a diagnosis.
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    It can count as mitigating circumstances. However, you do need to be formally diagnosed by a doctor and have a medical note/some documented proof of it in order to claim it as such.
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    Yes, but you need to get diagnosed and have your gp write a letter to confirm this is the case. A visit to your GP would be a good thing anyway. You can get the help you need.

    If college has a counselling service, I'd advise you give it a go.
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    (Original post by Bouffe)
    It can count as mitigating circumstances. However, you do need to be formally diagnosed by a doctor and have a medical note/some documented proof of it in order to claim it as such.
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    Yes, but you need to get diagnosed and have your gp write a letter to confirm this is the case. A visit to your GP would be a good thing anyway. You can get the help you need.

    If college has a counselling service, I'd advise you give it a go.
    (Original post by River85)
    It is a health condition and, if it is affecting your attendance and performance, certainly would be classed as mitigating circumstances. Why wouldn't it be?

    But up do need to see your GP and receive a diagnosis.
    thing is though i think im bipolar so sometimes i feel really good, but then i feel very sad and question whether life is worth living and hate everybody and everything and thats why i dont do my homework and stuff but like at the moment i feel ok so i dont know how i can go to my gp because i dont feel depressed right now if u know what i mean?

    also was he allowed to say i would become a burden on society because i haven't applied for uni and i probably wont get a job
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    (Original post by penguinsrcool)
    thing is though i think im bipolar so sometimes i feel really good, but then i feel very sad and question whether life is worth living and hate everybody and everything and thats why i dont do my homework and stuff but like at the moment i feel ok so i dont know how i can go to my gp because i dont feel depressed right now if u know what i mean?

    also was he allowed to say i would become a burden on society because i haven't applied for uni and i probably wont get a job

    You can go to the GP and say you're worried about your mental health and describe what you've been experiencing and ask to be referred to a specialist

    It was not on for him to say that and if it were my, I'd be making a formal complaint.
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    (Original post by penguinsrcool)
    thing is though i think im bipolar so sometimes i feel really good, but then i feel very sad and question whether life is worth living and hate everybody and everything and thats why i dont do my homework and stuff but like at the moment i feel ok so i dont know how i can go to my gp because i dont feel depressed right now if u know what i mean?

    also was he allowed to say i would become a burden on society because i haven't applied for uni and i probably wont get a job
    Well, what a coincidence... if ever I had a twin with the same circumstances as me, it would be you.

    And I still haven't gone to a GP... My advice is to organise a session ASAP, cause my schoolwork is still falling into ruin. And things don't really get better when left alone, unfortunately.
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    Keep a diary of your moods/symptoms for a while, with as much detail as you can. Make an appointment with a GP and say you're worried about your mental health.

    From my experience don't try and diagnose yourself. Doctor's don't really like it when you go into them saying "I think I've got this mental disorder and this one and this one..." etc. Show them your diary of symptoms and they will get you to fill in some quick questionnaires and talk to you a bit about a diagnosis.

    They will more often than not refer you onto others for other help. If you're under 17, they might have to let your parents know about it if they think you're a danger to yourself (although that doesn't sound like you).
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    (Original post by Another)
    Well, what a coincidence... if ever I had a twin with the same circumstances as me, it would be you.

    And I still haven't gone to a GP... My advice is to organise a session ASAP, cause my schoolwork is still falling into ruin. And things don't really get better when left alone, unfortunately.
    it will be really awkward though, and i dont tell people how i feel i get uncomfotable
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    (Original post by samleigh)
    Keep a diary of your moods/symptoms for a while, with as much detail as you can. Make an appointment with a GP and say you're worried about your mental health.

    From my experience don't try and diagnose yourself. Doctor's don't really like it when you go into them saying "I think I've got this mental disorder and this one and this one..." etc. Show them your diary of symptoms and they will get you to fill in some quick questionnaires and talk to you a bit about a diagnosis.

    They will more often than not refer you onto others for other help. If you're under 17, they might have to let your parents know about it if they think you're a danger to yourself (although that doesn't sound like you).
    i am 18, thanks for the advice xx
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    Watch some cat videos on youtube and you'll cheer up eventually.
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    (Original post by rcummins1)
    Watch some cat videos on youtube and you'll cheer up eventually.
    you really think thats funny? you don't know what ive gone through or what goes on in my mind, and its not one of those ( watch out, im about to generalise!) teenage girls get bored moments and declare they are depressed all over fb and twitter. this has been going on for around 5 years, severely so with all due respect ( and i do like cats) but you can **** off with your facetious remark
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    If this has been going on for a long time, not talking about it and getting help with it is only likely to make things worse. I know its uncomfortable, but sometimes you just have to do things that aren't particularly comfortable to gain the benefit from it.

    If you think you have a problem, its your responsibility to get help with it. If you never talk about it or get any help, you can't expect anyone to take it into account. If you want to get better, stop making excuses and just do it!
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    (Original post by Kabloomybuzz)
    If this has been going on for a long time, not talking about it and getting help with it is only likely to make things worse. I know its uncomfortable, but sometimes you just have to do things that aren't particularly comfortable to gain the benefit from it.

    If you think you have a problem, its your responsibility to get help with it. If you never talk about it or get any help, you can't expect anyone to take it into account. If you want to get better, stop making excuses and just do it!
    ok, when i next feel down i definitely will. Thanks xx
 
 
 
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