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Bipolar Disorder and being in college.

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bipolar_j

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Hey guys.

College and I have a bit of a strained relationship. I took four years off after high school because of my mental health. After I finally felt horrible about myself and my productivity in life, I forced myself back into community college.

Recently, though, I feel myself slipping back into depression and my motivation is going right with it. I've recently began going to a 4-year after spending three getting my degree at community college. I commute because I wouldn't even try living on campus and it's becoming increasingly harder for me to get up to go to school when I have class. On top of that, when I don't have class, I find myself struggling to pick up a pen and do some homework.

It's hard. It's so so hard. I'm a 3.9 GPA student. I've done really well these past three years. And being in a new school is so overwhelming. I'm farther from home. The structure is different. And I'm just - I'd rather sleep. Do nothing. But that makes me feel worse being I know I have a lot to do. And I'm a junior. I can see the finish line.

I've got accommodations from my school, but they are mostly all about the exam and note taking. One thing I find really frustrating is that colleges do not like to acknowledge the impact mental health can have on attendance. Like yes, classes allowing 2-4 unexcused absences is okay and great, but honestly I'd rather be allowed to miss what I need without being penalized if I miss more than they allow. I'm aware that missing too many classes can affect my grade just because I'm not there. I know that. I would look to go to office hours or get a tutor.

I am just very sad and very overwhelmed. Does anyone have any advice?
 
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iWILLOBTAINMENTALHEALTH2

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You're strong for going to college under all this emotional pain. I respect that. :hug5:
 
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Can you have a chat to them and see if you can take an extension or do your course over a longer period of time rather than doing it all for example in three years in four instead
 
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When unwell maybe a good idea would be see the campus doctor as I did then they can recommend some exceptions, and no they can't stigmatise because of mental illnesx. I think for me seeing the actual campus doctor they have more power to advocate for their patients
 
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Can you do a distance learning course? We've pretty much ruled out Uni for our daughter. She wouldn't cope, and I don't want to risk a total mental breakdown, leading to god knows what. She's studying from home. That's the best thing to do at this vulnerable stage in her life.
 
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Can you have a chat to them and see if you can take an extension or do your course over a longer period of time rather than doing it all for example in three years in four instead
I lose my financial aid if I drop below a certain number of credits per semester. My school is extremely fickle about it. They day before the term bill was due, they decreased my aid by ~$4000 because i'm 25 and an independent. So I cannot mess that up.
 
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bipolar_j

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Can you do a distance learning course? We've pretty much ruled out Uni for our daughter. She wouldn't cope, and I don't want to risk a total mental breakdown, leading to god knows what. She's studying from home. That's the best thing to do at this vulnerable stage in her life.
That's pretty much what I did my entire time at CC - I took about 95% online. However, unfortunately the school that I am apart of at University (like my major) is considered a "professional school" and offers NO online courses at all.

I wholeheartedly support your decision to do that with your daughter. It will help her so much.
 
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puminhead22

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Your college should have a disability services department. You can qualify, since you have bipolar disorder. When you register they can provide you accommodations, such as extended test time, increased absences(Modified attendance agreement), reduced distraction testing centers, ect. Go and ask around your campus to find your disability department and you should be able to have an easier time with classes. Hope you do well this semester. Goodluck
 
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