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depression affecting school work and grades - August 8th 2011, 01:34 PM

Title pretty much explains this but yeah. I'm struggling to concentrate and finding it incredibly difficult to motivate myself to get up out of bed let alone face doing work. I've missed a fair amount of school as some days i felt so low i simply cannot bring myself to get up out of bed and face the day.
I am going into my last year of sixth form next year and am looking to go to uni. But at the moment i highly doubt i will get the grades i am capable of getting due to how i am feeling. Is there anyway to either get around this or to force myself into working?

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Re: depression affecting school work and grades - August 8th 2011, 06:28 PM

Hey there, I always found that once I dragged myself out of bed I felt at least a little better. Other than talking to someone about it, which I highly recommend doing, the only way is to just push through it really. I know that's not much help. It might also help to write it down to get it out of your head.

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Re: depression affecting school work and grades - August 8th 2011, 06:29 PM

Try getting help with your depression.


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Re: depression affecting school work and grades - August 8th 2011, 09:45 PM

Thanks Katie
And Emily I am getting help with my depression but it's not working.
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Re: depression affecting school work and grades - August 8th 2011, 11:09 PM


Have you tried talking to your teachers? I've found that can be so helpful because they are more understanding of why you are struggling and not always there. Also they can help you catch up on work. When my teachers knew about my mental health problems they helped me a lot to catch up.

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Re: depression affecting school work and grades - August 8th 2011, 11:34 PM


I agree with everything that's been said so far. I think the best thing you can do is to try to manage your depression the best you can. I can understand it's really difficult to concentrate and keep up in school when you're feeling so rubbish. If you aren't already getting support you might find it helps to talk to your doctor. Your doctor might be able to refer you on to a counsellor or possibly discuss medication with you.

Like Jen said, i think it's really important you let your school know how you're feeling and what you're worried about. Do you have a head of year/tutor you'd feel comfortable talking to? If not you could try writing a letter or asking your parents to call in explaining what's going on. If your teachers know what's going on they'll be able to support you through the UCAs process and when writing references/predicting grades they'll be able to bear in mind that you've had a rough year, but more importantly that you're working towards helping yourself to get yourself back on track.

I know it's difficult but try not to get yourself too stressed over the exams you've taken already. You still have the option to retake next year and maybe if haven't done as well as you'd hoped it will make you more determined and motivated to work harder next year.

Have a think about what you want to do before you go back to school and try to come up with a few things to keep yourself focussed. Most importantly though, make the most of your summer! You've had a tough year so make sure you do things you enjoy and keep yourself smiling.

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