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Applying for Allied Health Profession Degree - Worried About Medical History Watch

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    Hi

    I am a 29 year old male who has recently dropped out of my first year at University studying a design subject - I realised that I wanted to directly work with people, helping to make a positive contribution to their lives, and felt that my degree was not leading me down that path. I was also not happy with the standard of teaching on the course.
    I was partly influenced by the four years that I spent working as a learning support assistant at a specialist educational needs college for young adults with severe disabilities. Although the pay was terrible, the job was very fulfilling at times.

    I am interested in applying for a degree in Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, or (the least likely) Radiography, but I am worried that my medical past will go against me when I come to undertake the Occupational Health Check.

    I had a lot of problems as a teenager, including OCD, Depression and Anxiety, and tried to commit suicide a couple of times. I also had a very short temper which I had counselling for.
    As an adult, I still suffer quite badly from anxiety (which I take medication for), but I am a much more sensible and rational than I was as a teenager, and no longer have a temper. I have managed to get my OCD under control, and although I do get down, I have not had any major depressive episodes lately.

    Would anybody be able to advise me as to whether or not all of these factors will go against me if I apply for any of the above degree courses?
    I am particularly drawn towards Speech and Language Therapy - I have spent time supporting disabled students with speech and swallowing problems, hence my interest in the subject.

    Thanks you.
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    I'm in a similar position. I'm currently studying towards my first degree but have suffered from depression and anxiety the last few years and am considering dropping out, taking a year to sort my head out and get to a better place, and then applying for a degree in Speech and Language Therapy. I'd really like to know if the fact that I've dropped out of a degree due to mental health issues, or carrying on the degree but getting a poor grades due to mental health issues (not sure if I should declare that I have an UG already if I'm applying for a new one...wouldn't be able to get onto a PG with less than a 2:1) would affect my chances when applying. Obviously, I don't intend to start a new degree until I'm sure of capable of doing so.
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    I haven't had my occupational health check yet but what appears to matter is that you re getting all the treatment you can at that time and that you ve been relatively stable before you start the course.
    Their not doing it to catch you out,just to be sure that you re not doing your health any risk by doing the course
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    I haven't had my occupational health check yet but what appears to matter is that you re getting all the treatment you can at that time and that you ve been relatively stable before you start the course.
    Their not doing it to catch you out,just to be sure that you re not doing your health any risk by doing the course
    Thank you for the reply, it was very helpful. It is understandable that they want to know that you are getting all the treatment that you can, and like you said, you are not putting your own health at risk by doing the course.

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    Hi, I was just searching through some older threads and was curious as to whether you've decided to go ahead and apply for SLT?
    For what its worth, I feel like your more recent experiences supporting disabled students are by far a lot more important and relevant. It demonstrates your ability to move forwards in your life from a state of vulnerability on to helping a vulnerable group of people yourself.
    Also the occupational health check should hopefully place you in the clear. I hope you're better now!
 
 
 
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