Hi cafemocha: My name is Cass and I am just visiting this board right now. I am a regular on the Depression board. But I saw your topic and thought maybe I could help. I have Major Depression with mood swings and Anxiety with some other issues. I have been in school for my Masters Degree the last three years (for a 1.5 year program). Similar to you, I had problems getting out of bed. All I could do was sleep. When I got up to do my homework I would fall asleep at my laptop. Trust me, I wanted my degree more than life itself but couldn't pull myself together to do it. I simply lost all motivation to do anything.
Finally, after flunking my sixth class (instead of simply asking my instructors for extensions) I was honest with my academic advisor. I told her about my diagnosis and what was going on in my life. She immediately referred me to a colleague who is responsible for students covered under the ADA (American Disabilities Act). I had to submit paperwork and my therapist who is an A.P.R.N did the same. Ultimately, I was granted protective status under this act. This allowed me an extra rolling week to complete all my assignments as my accommodation. This helped greatly (and I had my meds adjusted around the same time) and I just finished my last class this Saturday night. I am on pins and needles now as I am waiting to see if I can graduate due to so many classes that I had to repeat - but as I am under this status I am hoping that I will be okay.
I would definately follow the advice given to you by other members of this board. See your med. doctor to determine if your meds need adjusting. But if you feel you need some extra help and support look into your student handbook. If you are in the US it is required by law that they have a section for students with disabilities. And I can honestly say that I was treated with total respect throughout this process. I was very pleasantly surprised and ultimately thankful.
Good luck with whichever route you choose to take.
Post Edited (CassandraLee) : 3/11/2009 7:46:45 AM (GMT-6)
Post Edited By Moderator (serafena) : 3/14/2009 12:26:29 PM (GMT-6)