Managing Mental Health While Finishing Studies
Mental health simply means our psychological, emotional and social wellbeing. It actually affects much on how we do things, how we act and generally how we think. Mental health helps also on determining how we make certain choices in life, in relating to other people and in handling stress. Mental health, in general, is very vital and actually very important in every stage one passes in life from childhood to adolescence and to final adulthood.
It is quite normal that while studying, one should have his/her mental health in shape until the studies are over and even past that it should be okay. It is a big problem when one has a mental health problem while studying and almost finishing his/her studies. This alone can affect the life of the student because the final exam becomes more important and doing it with a mental health problem is not ideal at all. In the time of almost finishing studies, you may experience mental problems and this will automatically affect your behavior, mood, and overall thinking.
Various factors can highly contribute and bring about mental health issues or problems and they include:
- Life experiences which may include abuses and trauma
- Family having history or lineage of mental health issues that can be inherited
- Biological issues like brain chemistry or genes of mental problems.
Mental Health Problem early warning signs:
- Believing in things that are not true at all or hearing voices that are not there
- Always thinking on how to harm others or yourself
- Feeling forgetful always, confused, angry all the time, worried at nothing and scared
- Having pains in the body and aches that are unexplained
- Having very little or no energy at all and all the time feeling restless.
- Staying alone like trying to pull far away from people and friends
- Sleeping or eating too much or too little.
While almost finishing school or in the course of your study, you may incur mental illness. The major mental illness that affects students is OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).
Managing Medical School with OCD
What is OCD?
It is purely a mental illness which is made up of two parts namely:
- Obsessions which can be termed as the unwanted and very repetitive urges, thoughts and images that don’t disappear or go away from the mind. They always cause one to be more anxious for nothing at all. These thoughts are not actually comfortable and they don’t give one focus rather a lot of worry and anxiety and that is why it is an illness.
- Compulsions are pure actions that are meant to counter much anxiety caused by obsessions. They are aimed at reducing the tension brought about by the obsession. They are actually behaviors and actions like ordering things here and there in a certain manner not as usual or normal or cleaning in a manner that is funny.
It is very easy for a medical school student to get OCD while studying or almost finishing his/her studies at school. In medical school, students tend to have stress, eating disorders and substance misuse and when all this happens, then the student has developed OCD or is nearly developing.
The main symptoms of any medical student who has OCD include the following; Disinterested or very lazy who doesn’t want to do anything, always distracted but no major thing causing the distraction, appearing to be daydreaming always and always seem unfocused and lacks concentration at all.
Effects of OCD on Academic Performance of the medical student
Even with the brightest students in the medical school, one will struggle much with OCD and their performance can be worse diminishing. However, trying to manage medical school with OCD is quite daunting, therefore, any medical student with OCD can find it hard to focus on his/her education because the focus is more on the obsessions and compulsions. It becomes hard to concentrate in the classroom, hence lowering the performance.
- Don’t ever avoid any fears you have but rather expose them and deal with them otherwise they are your OCD triggers
- Always try to anticipate your OCD urges so that when they come you can control them easily
- Try at all times to refocus on your thinking and try to think of something else
- Have regular exercises because it is a more anti-anxiety treatment.
- Avoid too many drugs like alcohol and nicotine.
- -Reach out for support like reaching out to families and friends.
The only effective and most successful treatment is the therapy of cognitive behavior which involves two areas i.e. exposure and response, meaning exposing always to the source of the illness and the cognitive therapy which always focuses on the responsibility and thoughts.