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AIBU to continue to study with postnatal depression

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LouBlue1507 Mon 23-Jan-17 08:42:41

Hi all

Looking for some views! I'm currently in my second year of a degree and have been recently diagnosed with postnatal depression and anxiety.

One of my lecturers suggested that I suspend my studies until I'm better, another had told me to get my degree and then take some time off before starting a PGCE.

I know exactly how hard a PGCE is and how much work it is but I want to finish my degree and go straight for the PGCE. I love working with children and can't wait to be a teacher, I think it'll bring me a lot of joy.

AIBU to continue as I am? What would you do?

SansComic Mon 23-Jan-17 08:47:05

Only you know that.

I found study aggravated my depression (bi-polar). Some find having something to focus on is an enormous benefit and a distraction from their problems.

There are benefits to all 3 options.

redexpat Mon 23-Jan-17 09:09:40

It depends very much on how depression affects you. I would sleep all day and not get anything done so had a really hard time during the easter term but always felt better for the summer. Consequently my exams were fine but my corsework less so.

I think your tutors have seen a few students in their time with depression, so I wouldnt discount their views entirely.

Gooseygoosey12345 Mon 23-Jan-17 09:11:23

That is something only you can know. It may give you something to focus on or it may be too much to cope with. Can you get extra support if you need it?

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