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    My Dad doesn't want me to go to university, and is really against me studying Medicine. My Mum on the other hand is being supportive. The reason my Dad doesn't want me to go to uni is because I have paranoid schizophrenia which I am still in hospital for. I said I could defer if I was to get an offer but my Dad isn't really listening to me. Hopefully I will be out of hospital by September next year. Any advice about what I can do? The main problem my parents have and my mental health team have is the stress levels, so if someone could shed some light on healthcare jobs which have minimal stress levels I'd really appreciate it.

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    Perhaps you should focus on getting yourself well at this point.

    Sadly no healthcare degree occupational health screening is going to pass you as fit whilst you are still requiring hospitalisation, it would be too much of a risk to your health. They would need to see a stable period and insight in to how you would cope with the stress and rigours of a healthcare degree.

    There is no rush, there is no age limit on doing a degree. Whats more important though is to focus on getting your mental health in a good place.
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    Perhaps you should focus on getting yourself well at this point.

    Sadly no healthcare degree occupational health screening is going to pass you as fit whilst you are still requiring hospitalisation, it would be too much of a risk to your health. They would need to see a stable period and insight in to how you would cope with the stress and rigours of a healthcare degree.

    There is no rush, there is no age limit on doing a degree. Whats more important though is to focus on getting your mental health in a good place.
    The thing is I am well. I've had no incidences for 2 years now yet I am being treated like I am ill. I am ready to do a degree. The only thing I can't deal with is high stress levels.
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    The thing is I am well. I've had no incidences for 2 years now yet I am being treated like I am ill. I am ready to do a degree. The only thing I can't deal with is high stress levels.
    The fact that you are requiring hospitalisation would suggest otherwise to any occupational health screening.

    If you can't handle high stress levels then medicine would not be a safe option for you. At least not at this time.

    You really need to focus on getting well and staying out of hospital. There is plenty of time to find a career afterwards, but you have to do it safely.
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    (Original post by ForestCat)
    The fact that you are requiring hospitalisation would suggest otherwise to any occupational health screening.

    If you can't handle high stress levels then medicine would not be a safe option for you. At least not at this time.

    You really need to focus on getting well and staying out of hospital. There is plenty of time to find a career afterwards, but you have to do it safely.
    I am well... I am on a rehabilitation ward, so we just get ready to go into the community.
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    (Original post by 1lastchance)
    I am well... I am on a rehabilitation ward, so we just get ready to go into the community.
    I am not going to go in to the details of your care, thats your private business. But the fact that you have not managed in the community alone would raise red flags.

    I am not saying never, but now is not the time. Work on getting home and having a period of wellness at home. Work on coping strategies. But I will say that if you cannot handle stress, then avoid medicine. The stress starts at day 1 of uni and it never goes away.
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    I am not going to go in to the details of your care, thats your private business. But the fact that you have not managed in the community alone would raise red flags.

    I am not saying never, but now is not the time. Work on getting home and having a period of wellness at home. Work on coping strategies. But I will say that if you cannot handle stress, then avoid medicine. The stress starts at day 1 of uni and it never goes away.
    Ok. Thanks for the advice.
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    (Original post by 1lastchance)
    The thing is I am well. I've had no incidences for 2 years now yet I am being treated like I am ill. I am ready to do a degree. The only thing I can't deal with is high stress levels.
    What do you mean by high stress levels? What gets you stressed, how much can you deal with?

    Pretty much all uni courses involve pretty high stress levels at least around exam time, and medicine is probably one of the most stressful courses you could pick, both to study and later to practice. And though it is possible to end up in a pretty chilled speciality (hello, dermatology), you are guaranteed to have about a decade of high blood pressure before you get there.
 
 
 
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