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Downward Spiral- Wasting Time?

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Darkwave

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I have bipolar disorder and chronic migraines so I miss a lot of college.

Last year I was undiagnosed and didnt yet the grades I needed for uni. I got better in Jan and am now OK again grade wise providing I do well in the June exams.

I have never needed to study until now (A Level), but I am currently 'low' and every time I think about studying I panic. I didnt study so early in Jan, but my teachers are pushing us harder now to stay on top all year round and I want to do better.

I have things to distract myself from my depression (ie xbox, painting) but I feel like I am wasting time. As I am 'low' I cannot see what I am working towards anyway or what I want to do so I end up doing nothing.

I cant work and I cant stop thinking about working. It seems like a giant impossible mountain of work, although we haven't been set anything - just to study

Any suggestions? Im going round in a circle and doing nothing.
 
angrydad

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Hey Darkwave, a thing that works for me is to do things in small amounts. I set myself a task of doing a certain peice of work. I then break it down into half hour chunks. I do twenty minutes work and then ten minutes having a rest (cup of tea etc) I then do another twent minutes and so on until the piece of work is done. I then give myself a BIG reward, like going to the SPAR for a treat or watching a DVD.

If you look at what you have to do as a whole you be overfaced by it and the work will paralise you into inaction. Break a task down and do it in small, manageable chunks with small rewards during the task and a big one at the end.

I've said it before on the forum but it bears repeating - small victories build confidence and lots of small victories equal one big achievement.

Good luck with your course

Hope this helps
 
emski

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What a brilliant post angrydad. That really helps me too, as I am currently struggling with my studies in a very similar way to darkwave and have never found study this challenging before. Now it's like I can't process or digest in depth information - I'm not too bad at the writing but its making reading anything more than a few short paragraphs almost impossible even if I am ordinarily very interested in the content.

Thanks 'dad! :D
 
angrydad

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This freely imparted knowledge was gained through five attempts to get a degree and is passed on so that others don't have to mess up like I have (so many times)

My best wishes to you all
 
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That's really humbling angrydad. Admirable too that you had the strength and resilience to persevere :)
 
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