ws120 wrote: Alexandros wrote: ws120 wrote: YBF-W wrote:
ws120 wrote:Unpopular opinion, but this may be an excuse. You can be highly depressed and high functioning. If you really believe your depression is interfering with studying for this test, absolutely go see a therapist and get medication. But don't use this as an excuse to say "I could have, but..." We see that all the time. There are a million reasons why someone can't spend effective time studying, but if you don't choose to eliminate those reasons you still have to live with the consequences. You'll be in the same boat as the person who sat in the library for 8 hours on his phone and finds his "studying" didn't pay off.
Less unpopular, more indicative of a common stigma against people with depression and/or anxiety. That is.. that they are people who simply are making excuses. Go back to the original comment. At what point did OP provide an excuse?
In posing a question at all, it's pretty clear that this person believes there is a way to study effectively/be highly functional even with their condition. No need to patronizingly repeat the obvious. It can be hugely invalidating to reduce someone's attempt to seek advice from ppl who may have experience dealing with a similar situation (sounds like this isn't you) to merely making excuses.
I believe OP's question was how to "cope" with anxiety and depression and study effectively, which is a perfectly fair question. But if this is a medical condition, then go see a doctor or therapist instead of posting on a forum. It's always hard to "force" yourself to study because studying isn't fun (even for the LSAT). If OP is serious about fixing this problem, then he/she should seek medical help. But when you're a practicing attorney, waking up certain days and saying "I can't force myself to do the work" isn't an option. No one is stigmatizing an illness, but it's definitely possible to use illness as a crutch. And that can make those of us who "cope" with real problems seem insensitive to people who don't.
a medical condition - It's not an "excuse." Those who haven't experienced it cannot understand how debilitating it is. It's not even close to the same as feeling unmotivated or unable to force yourself to study because studying isn't fun.
That said, OP should definitely seek medical help, if they aren't already. But that can (and often does) involve legitimate obstacles. There's absolutely nothing wrong with posting on an internet forum asking how others deal with the same problem.
I couldn't agree more, and I hope OP gets the help he/she needs. But not trying to get that help and instead looking for an easier solution on TLS that doesn't exist seems like pushing the problem down the road. I know many people who have serious mental health problems, some of whom have gotten the help they need and others who haven't. And while I always encourage the ones who haven't to do so, they don't address the problem and it becomes an excuse for everything they do in life. I seriously encourage OP to realize this is a medical problem, not one that can be fixed from advice on TLS.
As someone who has been both high- and low-functioning with a mood disorder, I have a lot to say... But I'll start with: Please, don't speak on something you clearly do not understand.
As someone else said, you're making a hell of a lot of assumptions about OP. Also, for you to think that reaching out to other people who suffer from similar issues and asking how they recommend coping is ~ not ~ a way of attempting to address the problem, you're a fool. Believe it or not, sometimes people who have experienced the situation actually can
offer solid advice that will lead to positive changes.
To suggest someone asking how to cope when they're having a bad day (and not the basic kind of bad day other people complain about) is a form of using illness as a crutch is just stupid.It's not like OP came on here and was like, "Omg, stupid mood disorder. Can't get any work done. Oh well. Better luck tomorrow," although I'd argue that sometimes the best treatment for a dip in your mood when you suffer from depression CAN actually be taking a day for yourself.
You claim you're not stigmatizing, but you absolutely are. Your comments are incorrect, insensitive, and clearly out-of-touch. Also, this whole, "If you're not seeking professional help, you're using your illness as an excuse," line is bullshit and you should stop saying it.
Different people with the same illnesses find different methods to work for them best. Not all depressed people are going to find relief in therapy. Sure, psychological research suggests that a combination of meds and therapy works best, but that's if it's the RIGHT medication, if it's the RIGHT diagnosis, if it's a therapist that's a good fit for the patient, etc.
This whole idea of "fixing" people with mental illness/mood disorders is also tired and fucking annoying. We're not broken little toys that need to be tinkered with and, as unfortunate as this may sound, most people diagnosed with a mental illness will live with that mental illness throughout their life.
Also, just to put an emphasis on your own (pointless) comment: You can
be depressed and high-functioning. That doesn't mean you will
be. If someone CAN be something, that also leaves the opposite possibility to be true, does it not? Therefore, per your own words, someone can also be depressed and low-functioning. Contrary to your (strange) belief, depressed people don't have some sort of dimmer switch in their brain where it's like, "Wow, I kinda wish I was dead but I really need to do this assignment so let me turn my functionality up even though I can't even think of the purpose of my life."
TLdr; shut up.