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    I'm in my first year of Undergraduate Study and I'm suffering really badly from depression and anxiety and also recovering from anorexia. I'm really struggling with my work and meeting deadlines because of all the stress I am under.

    Has anyone got any advice for how I can cope better with the work and just push through the last part of this year?
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I'm in my first year of Undergraduate Study and I'm suffering really badly from depression and anxiety and also recovering from anorexia. I'm really struggling with my work and meeting deadlines because of all the stress I am under.

    Has anyone got any advice for how I can cope better with the work and just push through the last part of this year?
    Get support. Welfare services, helplines,GP, friends, exercise, medication etc.
    Go into exam mode and make a plan.
    Focus and follow plan taking it one day at a time.
    Divide the tasks into easy and straightforward where you dont have to think v ones that require thought. When its difficult then do the easy tasks so you get something done that day , but when you are feeling better then do the ones that require more thought. That way you are always doing something.

    Dont forget to let your tutor know and keep evidence.
    keep it simple and get into a routine.
    Take it one day at a time.
    Remind yourself you only have t hold out for a few months.
    Dont forget eat, sleep and socialise or relaxation. Eben a few films or a bath to destress and reward yourself.

    The aim is to get the work done.
    Max assistance.
    Max coping mechanisms.
    Switch off letting your mind wander.
    Keep the path simple and just survive.
    Just keep it simple, survive and get through. Block out the depression just for this short time and fight for yourself, to just do your best.

    If you decide you cant cope then you need to tell your GP and consider suspending studies. Your health comes first. If you cant make that choice, then talk to people whose opinion makes them an expert or who you know have your interests at heart.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I'm in my first year of Undergraduate Study and I'm suffering really badly from depression and anxiety and also recovering from anorexia. I'm really struggling with my work and meeting deadlines because of all the stress I am under.

    Has anyone got any advice for how I can cope better with the work and just push through the last part of this year?
    You don't mention what support you have tried to date. I'm sure you know that there are lots of services out there - the hard part is often screwing up the courage to contact them. Remember that loads of students find themselves struggling at some point, and student support services should be sympathetic and very used to helping people with anxiety and depression.

    As 999tigger says, it's important that you seek support from your academic and pastoral staff too. They should be able to help you find some work-arounds. From a purely pragmatic pov, having a record of what support you have accessed may turn out to be helpful in case you need to apply for some sort of mitigating circumstances or time out later on.






    Please don't forget that your well being is far more important than university schedules
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    Thank you. both of you. I will try all this advice and see what works. I have had some help from the University but it doesnt always work very well because we get limited sessions.

    I will see what my best options and take it from there.

    Thank you again.
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    As others have said. Seek support as soon as possible. I hope you're lucky, and you get it fast, for it can take a while.
    I had a very bad downfall at university with my mental health, and haven't I not asked support, I wouldn't have been in my final year now.
    Also, seek help from your tutor. Or other lecturers. Let them know what you are going through, so that they know why you may have absences, or be slower with work. If you don't want to go under too much detail, at least let them know how you are feeling, and how it's affecting your studies. Ask them where they could direct you as well. It's important to keep both the support services, as well as your uni department updated, so that they know best how to help you.

    In my case, most of my department found out about my depression (which was pretty embarrassing), after I had a very bad bout in my second year. However, that was very useful for me in the long turn. I had a very bad time this year, and one of my lecturers asked me in a confidential email if I needed more time with my work. It helped me heaps, because I didn't have the guts to say anything to him. I was lucky my department has been very supportive, and I hope you will get the same support you deserve too, take care x
 
 
 
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