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Mon, Dec. 6th, 2004, 05:59 pm
icequeenaranxta: First topic of discussion: How to handle stress?

    First, I would like to welcome those who have joined, and apologize for not having started any stimulating discussion threads. Blame it on all the thesis work I've had to do.
    Second, let me encourage anyone who's managed to find their way here to join, if you think this community is at all pertinent to you or your current situation. We'll never be able to build a support network if there aren't people here to support each other. As I said before, I'm moderating membership right now simply to make sure no one tries to spam this community; if that's making you think twice about joining, please, go ahead and join.
    Third, I thought I might as well post a topic and try to stimulate some discussion here. The topic? Well, simply put, how do you deal with stress? For example, if you've just failed a psychiatry exam and you have to pass the next two with perfect scores in order to pass the course, how do you deal with that sort of stress?
    I'll post my personal solutions in a few days (I have to have a thesis proposal turned in by Thursday)... meantime, happy holidays to all, and please, remember, it will get better eventually.

Your faithful maintainer A.

Tue, Dec. 7th, 2004 08:50 pm (UTC)

First a quick background on me: After going through a tough family situation at the end of my second year I was forced to ask for a leave of absence from school. Thank God it was granted and I'm now repeating my whole second year except for two courses. I'm not sure which is worse, if I'd quit or having to see my ex-classmates around school in the clerkships and integrating into a new class (with some pretty hostile personalities). To top it off right after I started this semester I found out my fiancee (with whom I'd bought an apartment) cheated on me over the summer, so I had to move out and back in with my mother. Not the best way to start the semester.

In response to the question, I use rewards. If I know I have to read for 3 hours, I'll take 10 minute breaks every 50 minutes for a snack or a cigarette and then get back to the books. I also took a SCUBA course this semester. It may sound contradicting, but it helped reduce my stress level. I knew that in order to go to the classes, both in and out of the water I had to have all my reading/work done before hand. So it forced me to not slack off. Seeing the pretty fishes and swiming also helped. Also, I take a starbucks break between classes and afternoon studying.

Sun, Jan. 30th, 2005 11:21 am (UTC)

hey there. i'm in my third year of medical school in portland and only barely making it. i took a leave last year cause of mental health reasons and i'm trying to get through my last year and a half in one piece. it's not working too well. sometimes i feel like it's nearly impossible for folks dealing with mental health shit to make it through such an intense program, but i guess that's just the pessimist in me. but, yeah, that's where i'm at.

as far as dealing with stress, i try to stay on top of things but i'm still pathologically procrastinate. i try to take at least one day a week and not do anything school-related on that day just to give myself a little bit of a break. i tend to only be able to motivate myself if i'm in crisis mode, which puts me in a constant insanely stessed state most of the time. i'm not very good at coping with stress, i just try to be sometimes.

Sun, Feb. 13th, 2005 03:32 am (UTC)

I'm in third year at Birmingham, dependant on alcohol, trying to give up smoking and finding it impossible to make myself do any work outside of hospital. I had a couple of retakes in first year which made me work a lot harder in my 2nd year but now I've lost all my motivation and I constantly question whether this is what I want to do.

Tue, Feb. 15th, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC)

i love your icon. and yeah, i hear you. i guess you could say i'm dependent on alcohol, too, but i try to avoid saying that for some reason. but, i can't deny that there's been maybe 3 days in the last 3 months that i haven't had at least something alcoholic to drink. it's so hard to deal with the stress and everything. i don't know if i'll make it, but i'm trying to even if it's not pretty. 1 1/2 years left for me. good luck.