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It all started when I moved to university. It was a massive shock to be away from home and because I missed the grades at A-level, I felt like I didn’t deserve to be there. I loved school and was so comfortable and confident but when I first came to university I became introverted and shy. I spent the whole of my first year very upset, blaming it on homesickness. I failed multiple exams and also put that down to my homesickness.
Then second year came and I wasn’t missing home anymore. I had a lovely group of friends but the sadness remained. I didn’t think that mental health issues were real. I honestly thought people were imagining the symptoms until my friend, who I confided in, advised me to see my doctor. They told me I had anxiety and depression and started me on medication straight away. I was mortified, I couldn’t believe it had happened to me. That I was so weak that I would let this made up problem affect me. I thought she was wrong about the diagnosis and it would just pass. It didn’t.
Things got gradually worse and the medication didn’t really help. It was then that I realised I was quite unwell. I fell out with several of my housemates as they couldn’t understand my constant desire to be isolated and not want to go out partying. I tried to explain it to them but they didn’t understand so I felt completely on my own. I chose not to talk to my parents about it much as they had enough going on at home.
When it came to my first clinical placement, I decided to apply for extenuating circumstances because I didn’t think I could handle going away for 16 weeks. The university was fairly sympathetic but there wasn’t much else offered in the way of help or support and I didn’t really feel like I could talk to them about it.
I have chopped and changed medication several times and I’m finally getting better, but it has been a very long and hard three years. My new housemates are so much more understanding and I try to be open about it so they know when things aren’t great.
I still have days when I feel like I can’t even get out of bed because I feel so “unwell”. This makes going to placement and being smiley and friendly to patients an impossible task and teaching goes in one ear and out of the other. One of the hardest things for me though is the tiredness that comes with the medication — it makes managing placement and studying and a social life seem like the hardest thing in the world. I could sleep for 20 hours a day if I was allowed!
When it came to discussing these issues with the university I felt like I didn’t really know who to go to. Luckily for me I have very supportive friends, boyfriend and an amazing GP who all help me so much. Without them I wouldn’t be in my final year.
I think that some sort of anonymous online chat or forum for people suffering with similar problems would be helpful. It can be really difficult for people who have not experienced it to understand. I have never written anything or really told many people about this before, but simply writing it down makes me feel so much better. Having somewhere for people to share their written stories or concerns would be a big help for lots of people.
The stigma around mental health isn’t too bad at my medical school but it is a bit of a taboo subject. I think people feel embarrassed and see it as a weakness that they don’t want to admit to. At least that’s how I feel about it. But I definitely think it will make me a better doctor in the long run having this experience and knowledge of what it’s like to suffer with a mental health problem.
In terms of coping, I find that having down time from study is the single biggest thing that helps. Making nice plans for the weekends or evenings and building time off into my schedule is vital. I also really enjoy going to the gym which I find makes me feel better. Most of all just accepting that when it’s a bad day, it’s a bad day instead of beating myself up about it.
For prospective young students, it is a difficult issue and it seems scary to talk about but the best thing you can do is be honest. Build a good relationship with your doctor and make sure that someone knows what’s going on in case there is ever a problem. It shouldn’t be a barrier to medicine. It will certainly make it harder but all good things are worth working for. You just have to learn how you cope best and use it to your advantage.
This blog was written by a fifth year medical student in Nottingham
With thanks to Twishaa Sheth, deputy co-chair of BMA MSC and welfare lead, for sourcing and collating these brave personal accounts.
Thanks so much for this story. I can really relate and am feeling similar to how you felt at the start. Going to try out your tips to help. Thank you
Loneliness, and away from home is definitely have a shocking effect in life ,but for how long and how to cope up this situation is the issue.Short term medication or consultation with mental problem is not accountable in career in medicine , that is my opinion . In this career lot of stress comes along the way , with various degree and strength ,when one can handle it smoothly that will be building block in developing mental strength.
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