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Hey guys, I'm currently pretty badly depressed (plus horrible anxiety) and I am having a nightmare of a time trying to study. Some days I just I sleep all day and lay around feeling like life is over and I have no motivation for anything.

My concern with going on medications are:

1) Will a history of depression and anxiety effect my chances at residency
2) Will being on such medications effect my brain chemistry to a point where studying/memory/cognition will be effected and negatively impact my studying.


Does anyone have any experience with studying for such a big exam while dealing with crippling anxiety and moderate depression?
I'm good some days and other days I want the world to end so I don't have to deal with this all. Some non-prescription stuff seems to be helping settle me down on my rough days. I haven't been able to study at all though.
 
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Tell your school, get a medical leave of absence to get your mental health under control, then return to classes once you get your meds and psych situation figured out.
 

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Hey guys, I'm currently pretty badly depressed (plus horrible anxiety) and I am having a nightmare of a time trying to study. Some days I just I sleep all day and lay around feeling like life is over and I have no motivation for anything.

My concern with going on medications are:

1) Will a history of depression and anxiety effect my chances at residency
2) Will being on such medications effect my brain chemistry to a point where studying/memory/cognition will be effected and negatively impact my studying.


Does anyone have any experience with studying for such a big exam while dealing with crippling anxiety and moderate depression?
I'm good some days and other days I want the world to end so I don't have to deal with this all. Some non-prescription stuff seems to be helping settle me down on my rough days. I haven't been able to study at all though.
Agree you need to get your medical condition under control. A friend of mine just had the same issue and took a leave 4 months from graduation. He will try to return next semester
 
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Thanks for the input guys/gals.

I'm getting stressed out about depression and a leave of absence becoming an issue come residency time and it's starting to make me even more stressed and depressed.
 
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Thanks for the input guys/gals.

I'm getting stressed out about depression and a leave of absence becoming an issue come residency time and it's starting to make me even more stressed and depressed.
Failing classes is worse than a leave of absence. Those are your two options with uncontrolled depression and anxiety.
 
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