Fighting Stigmas, Enforcing Changes, Passing Classes
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The hardest thing for me in university has been figuring out how to keep up with the workload. I am extremely sensitive to stress and my brain shuts down when I am stressed. I get stressed earlier than many other people, and it takes much more 'down time' for me to recover to a point where I am able to work again. I constantly struggle with thoughts telling me that I am just being lazy and that I'm a useless person because I'm unable to keep up with even a significantly reduced course load.
I go to counselling at the student health centre, and my therapist has been wonderful.
She has known me for several years now and we have a really good relationship. Unfortunately,
there are so many students wanting counselling that I can only have a session once
a month. I really need a minimum of 2-
I sometimes disclose to people I feel will be understanding; however, I do worry
that people will think I am "faking it" because I'm not visibly disabled. I do tell
profs when I feel that they will be understanding because it is really helpful for
them to have that knowledge so when you're not doing well and need accommodations
for assignments, they are more likely to believe you and want to do what they can
to help. I have found a paradox in that student groups who claim to be "anti-
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