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    Hi,

    I could really do with some support/advice.

    I'm unwell, on a waiting list for in-patient hospital treatment in London and currently on a leave of absence from my uni course.

    My illness completely messed up my university career because I missed a lot of assessments due to flair ups. Now I have to return to an ordinary degree because I've missed several exam periods.

    Here is my academic history:

    Year 1: First year - passed with A and B grades
    Year 2: Second year - passed coursework with A grades, missed exams
    Year 3: Second year again- A grades at first sitting for the exams I missed and sat new coursework in different outside subjects.
    Year 4: Third year- A grades for coursework and neuroanatomy test, missed exams
    Year 5: Third year- Had a mental breakdown, missed the exams yet again.

    The only reason for my problems is that my mental illness lead to me being unable to sit exams (I get 'stuck' due to intrusive thoughts that something awful might happen to my family if I do routine actions such as writing in particular environments, dressing in particular clothes etc and have to counteract these with noisy and lengthy compulsions).

    I wanted to take a leave of absence in both my attempts at third year but my parents were in extreme financial hardship (there were baliffs at our front door) and instructed me not to take leave as we'd have to pay back the loans and I'd be unable to pay my rent.

    My disability prevented me from progressing and now I'm stuck.
    Is there any point in me requesting to take another year of leave so that I can go back after my hospital stay? Is there any point in taking an ordinary degree? Has anyone launched an academic appeal for this kind of situation?

    Please could I only have helpful/kind replies
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    (Original post by rose-star)
    Hi,

    I could really do with some support/advice.

    I'm unwell, on a waiting list for in-patient hospital treatment in London and currently on a leave of absence from my uni course.

    My illness completely messed up my university career because I missed a lot of assessments due to flair ups. Now I have to return to an ordinary degree because I've missed several exam periods.

    Here is my academic history:

    Year 1: First year - passed with A and B grades
    Year 2: Second year - passed coursework with A grades, missed exams
    Year 3: Second year again- A grades at first sitting for the exams I missed and sat new coursework in different outside subjects.
    Year 4: Third year- A grades for coursework and neuroanatomy test, missed exams
    Year 5: Third year- Had a mental breakdown, missed the exams yet again.

    The only reason for my problems is that my mental illness lead to me being unable to sit exams (I get 'stuck' due to intrusive thoughts that something awful might happen to my family if I do routine actions such as writing in particular environments, dressing in particular clothes etc and have to counteract these with noisy and lengthy compulsions).

    I wanted to take a leave of absence in both my attempts at third year but my parents were in extreme financial hardship (there were baliffs at our front door) and instructed me not to take leave as we'd have to pay back the loans and I'd be unable to pay my rent.

    My disability prevented me from progressing and now I'm stuck.
    Is there any point in me requesting to take another year of leave so that I can go back after my hospital stay? Is there any point in taking an ordinary degree? Has anyone launched an academic appeal for this kind of situation?

    Please could I only have helpful/kind replies
    Do you know how long your hospital stay will be? What help will you be getting in hospital? I've taken leave of absences from uni due to mental illness but I think it would only be worth it if you are going to be getting an in depth treatment regime. But it sounds like hospital could provide that? What sort of hospital stay is it? I'm guessing that cus there's a waiting list, its not an emergency admission due to risk?
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    Hi Bullettheory,

    It's a non-urgent referral for specialist treatment- I'll be there until I can deal with more everyday tasks (the average stay is apparently 3 months) and I think there's a programme of behavioural therapy combined with pharmacotherapy. I'm not sure how long the waiting list is as my psychologist is only just starting the process of referral.

    Are you currently on a leave of absence? Has your university been helpful?
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    Maybe you could explain your situation to your university and see if they will let you first sit your exams in August? You could arrange it provisionally on an 'If I'm well enough to revise and sit them at that time' basis. I suggest you wait get in touch with disability services at your university to see if they can help you fight your case to get an extra years student funding if you aren't well enough for August resists. They could help you build an appeal which could help take some of the stress of this situation off you, no doubt the stress is not helping you.
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    Hi Stephanie,

    Thanks for your reply. I think i'll get in touch with disability services and ask about taking an extra year of leave.

    I'm too unwell and not allowed to sit my exams this summer but I wish I could return to 'Exam only' once I'm well enough rather than having to be transferred to an ordinary degree!
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    Does anyone have any similar experiences?
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    (Original post by rose-star)
    Hi Bullettheory,

    It's a non-urgent referral for specialist treatment- I'll be there until I can deal with more everyday tasks (the average stay is apparently 3 months) and I think there's a programme of behavioural therapy combined with pharmacotherapy. I'm not sure how long the waiting list is as my psychologist is only just starting the process of referral.

    Are you currently on a leave of absence? Has your university been helpful?
    That sounds good. I hope it goes well. I am on a leave of absence. Uni has been very very good with me. Tbh they have been brilliant the whole way through. However I won't be returning there, I'm leaving to do a different course at a different university.
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    Although my university knew about my depression I tried to hide the worst of it and only confided in my friends. Whilst they knew and thought I was coping reasonably well they were quite good and supportive and understanding. Problems started when I sent a message to a friend saying I couldn't continue with life and she then reported it to my tutors - they called her in and saw the messages and from then on the support went downhill, I was made to leave the course for a year and come back after therapy, and if I didn't agree to leave the course that I would effectively be made to leave the course and wouldn't be allowed back which would affect my whole nursing career.
    I would say keep talking to your uni and letting them know exactly how you are coping or struggling and being honest.
    I'm now back at uni and struggling again with the depression but scared to talk to my tutors in case they think I'm heading into that bad place again and they ask to take another year out - I'm reluctant to take another year because I finish in August/September and could not put my parents through that again. If I was honest throughout last year I don't think I would be in this situation, but at the time being honest was too scary!
    Hope it all works out alright for you!!
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    Wow well done for be resilent! I'm not sure alot of people would be able to get back up and keep fighting how you feel, you're honestly amazing. Focus on that rather the negative 'failure' stuff. I get the impression that the way your thinking is that you want to go back to uni after the hospital admission and you saying 'whats the point because you want to save yourself of trying and getting knocked back again'. If you want to go back and succeed mention that to the people that care for you make sure they put it down as a realistic goal for you. Is going back part time an option? I think from uni's perspective is making sure you have the support to be able to do rather than 'all or nothing' thinking.
 
 
 
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