I agree with Karen, though only a doctor could say for sure. It's pretty common for nurses and med students to read about
diagnoses and think they might have them. If it didn't bother you enough to go to the doctor before you read about
dyspraxia in your textbook, it's unlikely you have it.
It is possible that you have anxiety. Anxiety and depression can both affect learning. The other issue you might be running up against is that your university courses are just more difficult that your high school courses were. Talk to your professors. Ask about
how much time students commonly spend studying in order to earn an A in the course. If you are spending at least 25% more time that what is typical, I'd suggest setting up an appointment to meet with your academic adviser. Take as many of his/her suggestions as possible.
If that's still not doing it, schedule an appointment with a counselor for an evaluation. Finally, if you still have yet to uncover anything after all that, find an educational psychologist and get tested for a learning disability. It is possible that you may be Twice Exceptional (2e) -- that is, you are gifted, but also have some kind of learning disability (dyslexia, ADD, SPD). Individuals who are gifted and have a mood disorder are also categorized as 2e's. If that's the case, your campus ACCESS program should be able to offer you resources to improve your grades.
As a last point, you're not taking anything to help you stay awake to study, are you? I know in some medical programs students take copious amounts of caffeine, OTC meds, or even prescript
ion meds like Ritalin. That's a recipe for disaster. If you've been doing that, I would suspect that may be the culprit. alert
ness aids alter the brain & change how material is retained/available for recall. Results can be very mixed & if you already have a predisposition to anxiety, your ability to recall information learned while on an alert
ness aid can be significantly decreased. Talk to your counselor about
dropping a class so you can get more sleep.
Hope that helps!
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