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Old 10-09-2009, 10:02 PM
 
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i am in a ms program and my projected graduation date is for this june. i have real difficulty with anxiety and one (well now 2) of my professors/supervisors/advisers (small department) know this. i am really ashamed that they became aware of my problem, and when i have been alone with one of them, she has seen me breakdown and cry 2x.

they have bended the rules on a couple requirements for me already, but i am just scared in the end they will not allow me to graduation due to knowing i have anxiety problems.

i am sure i am over analyzing this. i just dont know what to do. the dean of the program is a nightmare to work with so i dont want to speak with him.


anyway, can anxiety be a reason a university wont give you a degree?
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:06 PM
 
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i am in a ms program and my projected graduation date is for this june. i have real difficulty with anxiety and one (well now 2) of my professors/supervisors/advisers (small department) know this. i am really ashamed that they became aware of my problem, and when i have been alone with one of them, she has seen me breakdown and cry 2x.

they have bended the rules on a couple requirements for me already, but i am just scared in the end they will not allow me to graduation due to knowing i have anxiety problems.

i am sure i am over analyzing this. i just dont know what to do. the dean of the program is a nightmare to work with so i dont want to speak with him.


anyway, can anxiety be a reason a university wont give you a degree?
No.

It can be a caused for you to underperform, but if you perform, your disorder not only cannot be a reason for them to prevent you from graduating, it would be actively illegal for them to use that as a reason.
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:26 PM
 
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No.

It can be a caused for you to underperform, but if you perform, your disorder not only cannot be a reason for them to prevent you from graduating, it would be actively illegal for them to use that as a reason.
ok i was just wondering because i do well in my classes, and i have done well so far as an intern. i just really try to keep things professional in class, but now that they know this, i feel like i opened a can of worms.
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Old 10-10-2009, 11:33 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Educators are used to hearing things like this, so don't worry about having "opened a can of worms". Do you know the statistics for anxiety disorder? About 1 in 4 people struggle with it. You have nothing to worry about. Don't allow this to become a panic attack-inducing obsession. You have nothing to be ashamed about, you're not alone and, assuming you complete course requirements, you'll be allowed to graduate.
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:44 PM
 
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hmmm...I do agree with the above posters. But, I know of someone who was almost asked to leave a masters level counseling program because of poor/hostile attitude towards a couple of professors. The professors felt that if he could not act appropriately in a class setting, they would be doing an injustice in allowing him to earn a degree that would allow him to counsel people. Fortunately it was all worked out due to a caring advisor. Having said that, if your advisor has not shared that he/she or your professors feel your anxiety would hinder your ability to help people (I believe you are in a social work or similar program?) then you should have nothing to worry about.
Certainly don't be ashamed of experiencing anxiety (I've had my share too), but also stay motivated to work on it. Employers may be less tolerant of such things.
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Old 10-10-2009, 01:00 PM
 
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hmmm...I do agree with the above posters. But, I know of someone who was almost asked to leave a masters level counseling program because of poor/hostile attitude towards a couple of professors. The professors felt that if he could not act appropriately in a class setting, they would be doing an injustice in allowing him to earn a degree that would allow him to counsel people. Fortunately it was all worked out due to a caring advisor. Having said that, if your advisor has not shared that he/she or your professors feel your anxiety would hinder your ability to help people (I believe you are in a social work or similar program?) then you should have nothing to worry about.
Certainly don't be ashamed of experiencing anxiety (I've had my share too), but also stay motivated to work on it. Employers may be less tolerant of such things.
its a school counseling program. i know she is just trying to help, but i am uncomfortable with her when she talks to me unless it is just lecture or assignment related. the rest of the faculty are the same. she has recommended me to see a psychologist 2x this year. im not the only one she has done this stuff too. a friend of mine has gone through the exact same thing.
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Old 10-10-2009, 01:24 PM
 
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Yes, they can kick you out of a counseling program for that, stating that they do not think that you can work with clients, until you get your life in order. The reason, is that if you are having that many problems, they don't want to sign off on your internship, or place you some place, if you are not professional, because it looks bad on their program.

So, STOP being STUPID. Don't cry at school, or act weird, if you are having problems, go see a counselor, your professors are NOT your counselors. If you don't get your act together, they can and will throw you out.
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Old 10-10-2009, 04:40 PM
 
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its a school counseling program. i know she is just trying to help, but i am uncomfortable with her when she talks to me unless it is just lecture or assignment related. the rest of the faculty are the same. she has recommended me to see a psychologist 2x this year. im not the only one she has done this stuff too. a friend of mine has gone through the exact same thing.
I would follow her advice.

They may or may not prevent you from finishing your degree, but your certification for counseling may well include something related to mental health.

And... counseling others when you are unwilling to accept counseling for yourself seems less than appropriate to me.

YMMV
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Old 10-10-2009, 05:59 PM
 
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I would follow her advice.

They may or may not prevent you from finishing your degree, but your certification for counseling may well include something related to mental health.

And... counseling others when you are unwilling to accept counseling for yourself seems less than appropriate to me.

YMMV
oh im going to get counseling. i just had to wait to qualify for health insurance at my job. i just got my insurance on the 1st.
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Old 10-10-2009, 06:29 PM
 
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oh im going to get counseling. i just had to wait to qualify for health insurance at my job. i just got my insurance on the 1st.
Then I suspect you should be all set with regard to your program.

Good luck!
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