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Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by DepressedNYCOMstudent, Feb 22, 2001.

  1. DepressedNYCOMstudent

    DepressedNYCOMstudent Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 29, 2000
    I just didn't feel like posting this on the NYCOM webboard..So I have come here to chat again. My head is just filled with too much stuff.....I just need a vacation!! I am sick and tired of everything! ( and NO, I am not depressed!!). I can't even sleep. I just like the gym at NYCOM...I basically live there these days. It would be nice to know how other med students keep things spiced up in med school....How do you stay motivated and excited about all the studying..Everytime I go to class my mind just tunes out these days...the micro Profs. just go on talking about all kinds of microorganisms with various names....I am just sick and tired of hearing new names to memorize...And histology....I don't want to see any more slides (but I have got to...there is no choice...) . I just seem to have lost the sharpness...anybody else at NYCOM feeling the same? Oh and I can't wait for Spring...I just don't understand why this snow had to hit us again today has been such a long day!! I guess I will just goto sleep.......Bye everybody.
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  3. Sunlyght

    Sunlyght Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2000
    Los Angeles
    Don't worry. Just relax and take some deep breaths. Just remember how many of us wish and hope to be in your position of being so tired. You are blessed. Relax and try to find what made you want to do be a doctor. Good luck and best wishes

  4. Liquid_Tension

    Liquid_Tension Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 4, 2000
    New York
  5. DepressedNYCOMstudent

    DepressedNYCOMstudent Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 29, 2000
    Thanks for your kind gesture Liquid. I don't have any problems. I guess I was just feeling too frustrated and needed to chat. Thanks. Bye.

  6. Neurogirl

    Neurogirl Resident Extraordinaire 10+ Year Member

    Sep 29, 2000
    To Depressed,

    Hang in there buddy! I know exactly how you feel. The first 2 yrs of med school can be very depressing. But just wait, it gets much better...the clinical years are actually fun and you finally remember why you wanted to go through all this in the first place. If you think your problem is more serious than the typical "first year blues", get some serious help. If you don't feel comfortable with your school doc, go to someone not affiliated with the school. You've come too far to get thrown off track now!

    [This message has been edited by Neurogirl (edited 02-25-2001).]
  7. to depressednycomstudent:

    if you don't believe you have any problems, why have we noticed so many unhappy posts from you in the past 2 or 3 months? of course we can sympathize with you, but i'm not sure if that's all you want. from what i've concluded of med. school thus far, studying takes a lot of personal initiative; classmates are far more competitive than i've thought to give them credit for. perhaps the word "competitive" is misleading because i'd prefer not to think that i'm competing with the rest. the situation is closer to being motivated by the others--whom are studying very hard themselves--so that we all might pass. the reason that i'm focusing some attention on this competitive dimension of med. school (and some would offer that their school really isn't competitive at all) is because i imagine it to be the primary cause of most students' frustration.

    we've learned that you're unhappy with the social atmosphere at your school (which is my school, too). you should understand that it's an interesting adjustment from the sometimes carefree days of undergraduate school to nycom, and some students are searching within themselves for ways to adjust (again, first-year students at other med. schools must be facing a similar reality). my point is that you're certainly not the only med. student that's experiencing some first-year anxiety. personally, i've decided to avoid the inhumane amount of lectures for the benefit of getting enough sleep. of course, the less time i spend sitting through lectures means less time spent with classmates which is unfortunate because i'm fond of several of them. i don't think i'm being neglectful of my either my education or my responsibility to be a participant of the class. that's simply my way of adjusting: i get more studying done.

    i'd be surprised if you haven't approached one of the deans by now just to chat about whatever's troubling you. i agree that our school webboard certainly isn't a place to discuss sensitive issues; not with the erratic, hysterical students (the absurd red-headed male student, in particular) sharing some primitive thoughts about the physiology exam conspiracy. at any rate, i'm a student in your class who'd be happy to speak with you if you send me your e-mail address. try to cheer up, and remember that you're never alone.
  8. adismo

    adismo covered in moon dust 10+ Year Member

    Jan 11, 2000
    it may be an organic problem. here are some things that might help:

    1. sunlight- for that healthy complexion, has invigorating qualities; tanning booths will work ok.
    2. b-vitamins- for energy and coping with stress/depression, easily found in red meat; i recommend a nice steakhouse.
    3. support system - friends, loved ones, spouse, fiancee, etc, and YOU... yes, YOU (know thyself and why you are doing this)
    4. tenacity - things will change, so do not allow your present stress to change your determination
    5. grain of salt - dont take anyone, including yourself, too seriously.

    the preceding was not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or ailment and was intended solely for edutainment purposes. consult your physician before spending $50 at a steakhouse, buying ridiculous imported tanning lotions, or engaging in risky tenacious activities. warning: too much salt causes hightened blood pressure. consult your physician before making any changes to your regimen; he may need to tell you to stop being such a wuss or worrywort and start taking charge of your life, awaken the giant within, etc. and stop posting your problems on the internet for all to see. (see grain of salt section above)

    its tough, man, but the payoff is awesome. good luck to ya.
  9. Paul's Boutique

    Paul's Boutique B====D 10+ Year Member

    Jul 18, 1999
    Pomona CA

    I too was a bit shocked 3/4 of the way thru last semester----I didn't realize how many gunners (read "competetive students") there were in my class. This, coupled with the desire of the faculty at WU to design tests so that fully half of the class fails (then is curved back up), were tough to get used to.

    What to do? Change your expectations. You can't change anyone or anything else. You may have thought that you'd come into med school, burn the books studying, and get that 'A'. You may have thought that everyone would be able to get along and still do well. Maybe so, maybe not...

    Try to talk to someone; how about your physician? They'll understand what you're going through, and may be able to help you gain a better perspective on your situation.

    There is one thing I have learned from Neurophysio this semester: that the human brain, in it's current form, has *not* been around for very long-----for thousands of years all we've had to do is essentially hunt and gather (and escape dangers). Only in the past 50 to 100 years have we had 'med school', where ever increasing amounts (volumes!) of information have to be crammed into our still-primitive brains. Essentially, we are not designed to handle this much information in such a short period of time. So, we get stressed out. It's normal and typical....
  10. DepressedNYCOMstudent

    DepressedNYCOMstudent Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 29, 2000
    I had never imagined that I would get 7 replies to my tiny little post about simply being tired!! All my previous posts have not been about me being depressed. I have written some happy posts. Only my first few posts were about some real depression that I was going through. Hence, when I first started posting on these webboards I named myself "DepressedNYCOMstudent". Little did I know at that time that I would not be able to change my name on this web board again!!! (If anybody knows how I can change my depressed name here...please let me know...).

    I am not depressed due to lack of social life any more. One of my previous posts did talk about how things have been improving regarding my social circle. I have a new group of students in my Microbiology group and they all seem to be very nice people. They treat me very nicely. I go visit my anatomy lab group once in a while. I also work out everyday at the NYCOM gym and know a few students who regularly use the gym there. I just keep a happy face and everything is going just fine. No major problems.
    I just don't like Histology...I think it is a very dry course....I just can't stand it!!! We have to focus on tiny ridiculous things like what kind of cells line this or that....I do not enjoy it at all.....In other courses like anatomy etc we could at least relate to the cadavers learning what the thumb is called , the bones etc....but here its just cells....I just have to force myself to sit down and memorize the stuff. Microbiology seems to be nice.....except for the labs!!! I don't like the labs. And OMM seems to be scaring me now! And Physiology...( I think there is enough talk about Physiology on the webboard!!!! ) .
    So, things are just going a little DRY right now and thats what I don't like about it. But , nevermind....Pathology and Neuroscience are coming up and I hear that they are hard courses I will be pretty scared up after these exams and things won't be as dry.

    And I hope I don't have to say this any more....but I am NOT depressed...I am okay. I come to this board to chat from time to time....I just feel its a nice place to be.
    So, I will talk to you all later.
    Bye, everybody.

    [This message has been edited by DepressedNYCOMstudent (edited 02-26-2001).]
  11. cet

    cet Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 25, 1999
    Dear Depressed,
    We relate - a few of us up here at UNECOM perusing your comments betwixt physiology classes think you should take a vacation. Have some fun. Is it pass/fail there? If so - let it slide for awhile. I rented 8 movies with 3 friends last week and we belive it improved the quality of our lives enormously. And why not a little OMT! B vitamins aren't bad either - i've been throwin'em down everyday. We go for the extra caffeine too. And we hear the goose **** is a problem at NYCOM, watch out. **** on shoes - that's depressing too. Okay, joking aside - we are working hard, but don't lose your sense of reality. And talk to lots of people - isolation is bad. But definitely take a three day vacation to someplace sunny. Sounds like you need it and deserve it. It's only financial aid after all! Good luck - we are feelin your pain - go with the good!

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