Is it possible to do well at A level with depression and anxiety?

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This question is impossible to answer. Everyone's circumstances are different.
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I was severely depressed and had an anxiety and panic disorder during a levels, for which I was on meds and in therapy. I was predicted A*A*A and would have got this (it's also what I actually did get in my mocks) had I not fallen head first down a flight of stairs getting a concussion, dislodged spinal disc and broken leg and ankle the day before my first exam meaning I only got AAB.
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I had anxiety and during exam season it was the worst ever but I still got the grades I wanted (ABC)
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I’m depressed due to incurable health issues affecting my grades and due to bullying, and I also had a panic attack in class during AS and my insides felt like they were burning and I was bleeding inside (spotting). I thought it was period but it wasn’t, it was just random and happened because my heart was beating dangerously fast. I didn’t do badly at AS despite thinking I was going to fail everything and made it to A2 but I was wondering whether severe depression and anxiety would affect it. Depression makes me not bother to do things, and anxiety makes me want to do things because I am scared of failure. I (and many other people) have both so I guess I can still do it and will still be motivated to achieve.
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Well are you getting support for your mental health?
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Well are you getting support for your mental health?
No I don’t feel like therapy or medication would help here. I don’t like talking about my feelings and makes me emotional sometimes. I would prefer sitting on my own and doing the work. My teachers are aware that I am not well and would understand if I am always down. Hopefully if I do get decent grades I will be proud of myself and find a reason to be happy again.
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No I don’t feel like therapy or medication would help here. I don’t like talking about my feelings and makes me emotional sometimes. I would prefer sitting on my own and doing the work. My teachers are aware that I am not well and would understand if I am always down. Hopefully if I do get decent grades I will be proud of myself and find a reason to be happy again.
I mean I understand your logic, but not getting help for a mental health condition only serves to make things worse usually. It's natural to feel emotional when you're discussing stressful or emotional things, but don't axe getting help from your mind if that's the only reason.

You can still do work and get help. Like they're not mutually exclusive.

Anyway, good luck. Severe depression and anxiety is horrible to contend with.
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I mean I understand your logic, but not getting help for a mental health condition only serves to make things worse usually. It's natural to feel emotional when you're discussing stressful or emotional things, but don't axe getting help from your mind if that's the only reason.

You can still do work and get help. Like they're not mutually exclusive.

Anyway, good luck. Severe depression and anxiety is horrible to contend with.
I know, and usually I prefer taking medication but if you start taking antidepressants, you generally have to rely on them your whole life (or majority of your life) and it’s not safe coming off them because it can lead to mood changes. Medication also has side effects and I can’t deal with that at this stressful time of my life.
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I know, and usually I prefer taking medication but if you start taking antidepressants, you generally have to rely on them your whole life (or majority of your life) and it’s not safe coming off them because it can lead to mood changes. Medication also has side effects and I can’t deal with that at this stressful time of my life.
I mean, you don't have to take medication if you don't want to and that's something that's worrying you. I don't (currently) take medication for my mental health issues and my psychiatrist doesn't push me to.
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I know, and usually I prefer taking medication but if you start taking antidepressants, you generally have to rely on them your whole life (or majority of your life) and it’s not safe coming off them because it can lead to mood changes. Medication also has side effects and I can’t deal with that at this stressful time of my life.
Not true at all, you can come of them quite safely under the guidance of a GP (slowly decreasing the dose) and dont have to go on them in the first place if you dont want to.
To answer your question it is more than possible but you have to be willing to put the work in same with any other student. Whilst i understand it is hard to find motivation with depression you have to kind of galvanise yourself and do it anyway. This is one of the strategies taught in therapy, doing things you dont want to do but have to do anyway, it's called opposite action.
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Not true at all, you can come of them quite safely under the guidance of a GP (slowly decreasing the dose) and dont have to go on them in the first place if you dont want to.
To answer your question it is more than possible but you have to be willing to put the work in same with any other student. Whilst i understand it is hard to find motivation with depression you have to kind of galvanise yourself and do it anyway. This is one of the strategies taught in therapy, doing things you dont want to do but have to do anyway, it's called opposite action.
Was just about to tag you in this as an inspirational example. :hugs:
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Yes but it in spite of not because of.
If you have either then you owe it to yourself and your studies to put all effort into sorting it out.
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Yes it is possible..I had awful mental health but out your head down, shut out the darkness and use the study to get u through..it works!! I was severely depressed anxious bullied bulimic suicidal..I got three a grades because I was ****ing determined..if you want to do it you can....your head can be messed up but you can still achueac..I'm now a thirty teight yrvold teacher with still severe mental health issues..but you can't let it stop life... believe you can dobit!! I . always happy to help you and keep you going!! Xxx
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