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by Steponme » Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:09 pm

After going on medical leave for BP1, I was scared to go back to school. Especially because I haven't quite found the right mix of meds. I was relatively stable for a month until school started. Once I began my classes I experienced rapid cycling and some psychosis. Kind of hard to pay attention in class when there are voices telling you to rob a bank xD

I was getting help from a therapist and psychiatrist, but I wasn't taking advantage of the disability office. My best friend's dad, (a second father to me) works in the disability office and encouraged me to set up a meeting. I didn't realize I was eligible for accommodations, so I never thought to go in.

After meeting with the person in charge, I now have access to personal tutors, note takers for my classes, excused absences, audio recordings, and extended homework and project deadlines. This is more than I'll probably ever need to succeed in school, but it's nice to know it's there if I need it.

I'm slowly starting to adjust to school. Even though my moods aren't stable, they are much more manageable than they used to be. Hopefully I'll feel a lot better with a small adjustment to my meds.

By the way, the amount of practice I'm supposed to do for piano is killing me. I love it and hate it at the same time. That's the life of a music major though, so I better get used to it!
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by Spm24 » Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:23 pm

It is nice to hear that school is going better for you once you started taking advantage of the disability accommodations. I can imagine that it takes a lot of practice when it is your major.

Hope things keep going good for you....
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by AvantGarde » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:04 pm

That's actually pretty great, minus the rapid cycling with psychosis.

Wish you the best :)
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by Duckysmom » Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:00 am

So happy for you that you were able to get accommodations! I hope the moods stabilize soon.
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by Mom2dani » Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:37 pm

That is awesome to hear. Good luck to you
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by Pancake » Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:49 pm

Support is good! Takes some of the pressure off.

I hope things otherwise improve for you soon though.
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