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Should someone with severe anxiety apply for medicine? watch

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    I dropped out the first semester of my first degree because I found living away from home combined with the new uni environment and workload way too stressful. It has always been a dream of mine to become a doctor but I've made so many of the wrong decisions during school and A levels that the only way I can study medicine now is through a 6 year course that's designed for people without a science background. This inevitably means I will have to move away from home again or do a 2 hour commute either way which isn't very realistic. Just thinking about the lifestyle is making me panic right now and I have a whole year to work on an application but the mere thought of it is just making me so anxious. So imagine if I did actually get in, I don't know if I would cope. I have passion and work ethic but my GAD just won't let me get on with it and it makes me so upset and frustrated.
    My other option would be to do an undergrad at a uni where I can commute from home easily and then apply for GEM, also to a uni which is close to home.
    It's just I know GEM is a lot more competitive and why waste money on an undergrad and then GEM when there's already this 6 year course specifically designed for people like me... I don't know what to do.
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    (Original post by OkashiAddict)
    Good luck. Have you tried speaking with an admissions tutor? (any uni)

    No-one else can tell you what to do, but I would advise working on the GAD (alone/with a health professional/both) before you think about applying to medical school.

    There's no rule that says you can't work as a doctor if you have anxiety (or any other MH disorder, for that matter), but whatever health condition you have, you're obliged (both as a student and as a qualified doctor) to ensure it's managed well, and to seek support if/when you feel your health is deteriorating.

    Given that the very thought of going away for medical school is making you panic, it sounds as though you'd be setting yourself up to fail if you applied for entry next year... unless you have some sort of clear plan to help you overcome your anxiety issues before then. Yes, there might be ways of making life easier in the short term (like trying to study close to home, as you say), but they're only means of circumnavigating the problem rather than dealing with it. Very few medical schools have a set-up where you're guaranteed to only ever be placed at hospitals within commuting distance, and depending on where you want to live/what you want to specialise in, there's no guarantee that you'll be able to stay close to home once you start working, either.

    I don't want to put you off being a doctor, but medical school is hard enough if you're completely well. Surely it makes more sense to get yourself in a good place before you start?
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