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by CuppCake0529 » Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:19 pm

I was diagnosed in February of 2014. It's taken my 8 different medications (Lexapro (they thought it was post partum first), Abilify (taken off because studies show and can induce mania), Wellbutrin, temazepam, seroquel, klonopin, zyprexa, and finally Lamictal,

I started college in 2016 after I was medically retired from the U.S.Army. I finally found a doctor that I LOVE and he moved to a new position. With finals coming up I was SO nervous like "great now I have to find someone new who may not have as much experience with bipolar 1. I'm in a nuclear medicine program which is great, I have fun but sometimes it's like, Ooo squirrel! My new doctor thinks I should apply for disability at my school so that when I'm manic I can have more time for tests when I'm distracted. So far I have over 3.0 GPA so I don't feel like I need it but I also want to comply so that I have a safety net I guess...

Sorry this is so long. What do you think?
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by Pancake » Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:44 pm

Disability will get you consideration if you need it. You don't have to use it if you don't need it. You could always *wait and see*, but if you hit a rough patch it can get harder to deal with everything/anything you might have to do to set it up.

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by Steponme » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:27 pm

I got lots of accommodations for school. half of which I didn't use, but it was nice to have that support if I needed it.
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by Jeffernation » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:32 am

Definitely register with the disability office at your school. Take the extra time on tests; it gives you the opportunity to relax more, even if you don't feel like you need it. Also, you should be given a quiet place to take tests, which many people find makes them easier and more pleasant, including myself.
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