Diagnosed with mild Asperger's and social phobia...what can actually be done?

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nohomo
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I've been diagnosed with mild Asperger's and social phobia. I'm always so tired. I'm doing a maths degree part time, and I think I'm failing, while I was always top of the class at school, getting through to maths olympiads (though not to the international level).

Because of my condition, I have to commute three hours each way for uni every day.

I'm so so tempted to drop out, and maybe reapply later in life.

I was only diagnosed yesterday, so I haven't had any treatment yet. Though for my initial diagnosis of schizophrenia, I received three antipsychotics at different times (aripiprazole, risperidone and amisulpride) and the antidepressant sertraline.

Since I've tried sertraline, and it hasn't helped me much, and it's one of the main pharmacological treatments for social phobia, do I have much hope of getting better?
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(Original post by nohomo)
Since I've tried sertraline, and it hasn't helped me much, and it's one of the main pharmacological treatments for social phobia, do I have much hope of getting better?
In all honesty I doubt that any tablet by itself is going to make a dramatic difference. Medication has it's role but I think it would be a good idea to explore other therapies like CBT and social skills training. Who is in charge of your treatment at the moment? Are you with a specialist service?

Having to commute so far every day may well be adding to your difficulties. It sounds exhausting. I think anyone would struggle with Uni work if they had to spend best part of the day commuting. Would be an option to transfer into Uni closer to home? Or look into options of living in halls? Are you involved with Uni disability service ?
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Why did they think you had schizophrenia ?
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I think you stand a reasonable chance of getting better on the social phobia side of things. My social phobia when I was around 13-15 was awful. But I think I took a few baby steps over the years and my social anxiety is a lot better than what it was. Getting better though is just painfully slow! Be patient and just think quietly to yourself that 'this too shall pass' and take each day as it comes.

Good luck and you're never alone when it comes to mental illness!
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