While it can be difficult to assess a negative situation for oneself, in my experience, there are some notable signs that it might be better to take a medical leave and get support than it would be to struggle through another academic semester. What are those signs?
Once I realized I had to take time off school because of my mental illness, bipolar disorder, I was adamant about going back right away. Fortunately, I found a Fountain House College Re-Entry to help me get back to school and to support me when I got there.
"Normally, it’s little things like that that usually get me on edge and make me nervous. That first day of school, the first day of classes, those mindfulness exercises helped me so much. I was patting myself on the back."
College Re-Entry Student Awa shares how change doesn't happen overnight, and how you’ll still have moments where you ask, “what am I doing?” Then overtime she says, you’ll start to slowly see things change, much like her move of leaving for China.
As a person who has major depressive disorder, I’ve noticed almost everyone around me seems to believe they’re very insightful when the topic of my depression arises. Most have not lived with depression, nor any mental illness, yet they are incredibly vocal about ways I can get better. From the bare basics, such as the clutter [...]
I want people to hear my story so they know they are not alone.
The problem with our cultural understanding of depression is that it is too narrow. We see one side of the coin of depression. The “can’t get out of bed” and/or suicidal attempt is the kind of depression that gets our attention. Why does it have to be that visible for it to be real? When [...]
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College Re-Entry Student Addie Ballard opens up about how overwhelming college could be and how she found the program to be stepping stool to stand on in terms of her own mental health.