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An Unfortunate, But Wise Decision

I became severely depressed during my junior year of high school, and it really hindered my education. My concentration became so poor that I could spend half an hour just reading and re-reading a single page, and still not be able to absorb any information from it. My memory, which had always been outstanding, became terrible. As a result, I failed half of my classes that year. Things were even worse in my senior year, in which I only passed two of my classes, and only by the skin of my teeth. I did not have enough credits to graduate. My school operated on a full-year program, rather than semesters, so if I wanted to graduate I would have to go back for a whole year. I realized that going back for a whole year, with no realistic expectations that I would do any better academically, would not be good for my mental health. My depression had not brought me to the point where I was suicidal, but I recognized that another year of high school my just push me to that point. It would have been great to have actually graduated, but I think that dropping out was one of the smartest decisions I ever made.
lemonfire lemonfire 31-35, M 2 Responses Jan 20, 2008

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same with me, my depression started hitting hit peak in grade 9, I dropped out at grade 10, but determined to graduate I sent myself to adult school the following year. turned out to be a waste of time. what i needed was sleep and medication

This is similar to my experience. I was too immersed in the depression-related lack of concentration haze...



It was a shock to everyone being the girl who, in the past was in advanced honors classes and other ventures pertaining to academic merit.



I have learned much more valuable information through my own life experience and explorations.

I wish more people realized that not all intelligence can be found in a textbook.