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    So I've been seriously considering seeing a GP about the recent deterioration of my mental health, but I'm scared that if I actually get diagnosed with something it'll stop me from following a potential career in medicine.

    Do things like depression/anxiety/panic attacks hinder a person's chance to be equally considered for jobs in the medical field, or in fact anywhere else for that matter?
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    nope, definitely not.
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    I don't know what the rules are in relation to the medical profession but if you don't treat these things now they'll only get worse.

    What is it that's lead to the recent decline in your mental health, do you know what it is?
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    You can't be rejected because you have a diagnosis of a mental illness. But (someone will give you more information, I'm sure) they may need some information on whether you're fit enough to practise.
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    (Original post by Ebony19)
    I don't know what the rules are in relation to the medical profession but if you don't treat these things now they'll only get worse.

    What is it that's lead to the recent decline in your mental health, do you know what it is?
    I've had a big falling out with a group of my friends and now I'm basically on my own at college. That on top of paranoia and anxiety about utterly irrelevant things has made me really exhausted. I have massive mood swings (like every hour almost) and some days I just feel helpless, like I've got all these problems that I've made up in my own head that keep me up at night. my head feels like it's full of bees most days - and that's really pulling me back in terms of concentration and socialising with people
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    (Original post by wnee-hee)
    I've had a big falling out with a group of my friends and now I'm basically on my own at college. That on top of paranoia and anxiety about utterly irrelevant things has made me really exhausted. I have massive mood swings (like every hour almost) and some days I just feel helpless, like I've got all these problems that I've made up in my own head that keep me up at night. my head feels like it's full of bees most days - and that's really pulling me back in terms of concentration and socialising with people
    Right best thing to do is go and speak to your GP they'll also be able to answer your questions about entering the medical profession with your kinds of problems. I'm not sure but I would have thought it'll be fine as your probablems are relatively mild. Good luck xx
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    I'm pretty sure you will need to be assessed to check you are fit to practice but remember that A. getting help doesn't necessarily mean a medical diagnosis... and B. your mental health is likely to get worse and not better without help which will make it more likely to impact your career (plus you need everything going as well as possible to get your grades etc)... I know people in the medical profession with mental health difficulties and it just means occupational health will have a chat to see if you will cope with the stresses of the job and people will keep an eye and make sure you get the support you need
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    As long as you're fit to do the job, you will be able to do it.

    I would 100% urge you to get the help that you need, because MH issues only get worse the more you try to ignore them. Getting the right help could completely transform your life, so it's definitely worth it!
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    Have you posted this in the medicine forums? I won't be that surprised if there are other medical students in your situation. I'm sure they can give you some advice on how everything went for them regarding their mental health and medical school applications.
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    Why do you feel you need to see a GP, what is making you think this?
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    Don't worry, go and see your doctor about it because it will help no matter what.
    I'm a medical student and I know a few people who have and are suffering from depression and self harm.

    If you do get in, you'll be asked to do a occupational health check.
    Medical schools want to help you not discriminate. As long as you're not a danger to patients then you'll be fine
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    Please phone up your local GP about how you feel everyday because your health is very important and depression/anxiety is no joke! They will help you and it will make you feel much more relieved about your situation, if not now but in the long run. They may refer you to a therapist/counselling to talk to someone if not, then try and tell someone you really trust about how you feel.
 
 
 
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