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    I'm 17 and in my first year of sixth form. I've never hated anything more in my life. The pressure is ridiculous, I have no plans of going to university and I only like one of my subjects, English lit. It's having a serious effect on my mental health - I can hardly sleep and I'm having a panic attack every other week. I have ADHD and aspergers so it's been really difficult trying to make friends and interact here. Apparently it is the law that I have to stay in school until I'm 18 but I seriously doubt that I can make it through the next 2 years. In terms of my career, I want to be an author which I don't think I need to have a degree to do. I want to drop out or at least re-start in September if I think I need to do A-levels. Any help would be much appreciated.
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    I'm 17 and in my first year of sixth form. I've never hated anything more in my life. The pressure is ridiculous, I have no plans of going to university and I only like one of my subjects, English lit. It's having a serious effect on my mental health - I can hardly sleep and I'm having a panic attack every other week. I have ADHD and aspergers so it's been really difficult trying to make friends and interact here. Apparently it is the law that I have to stay in school until I'm 18 but I seriously doubt that I can make it through the next 2 years. In terms of my career, I want to be an author which I don't think I need to have a degree to do. I want to drop out or at least re-start in September if I think I need to do A-levels. Any help would be much appreciated.
    https://www.gov.uk/know-when-you-can-leave-school

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    I feel exactly the same. I don't deal with the same issues you do, they're different medical conditions, but the pressure is making this all dreadful for me. I want to drop out and restart in September, why not? If you think it's the best thing for you and you can really benefit from it then do what you need to!

    My friend started college and went for perhaps a week and then just stopped, she doesn't work or do anything else. She's hoping to apply again to college in September though and I'm happy for her. See, I know the law says we have to be doing some form of education until we're 18 but it appears, at least for my friend, they don't really keep up with it. Even though she does nothing, I suggest you find something to do within your free months if you do choose to leave. Remember, it's your life, going back to college is always possible
 
 
 
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