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Admissions Backing back on track after 16 years of mental issues

  1. May 16, 2016 #1
    Hi all,
    I graduated from university with a BSc in Physics (3rd class) in 2000.

    I was having some issues with depression then in my university years but I managed to graduate with a B average in my basic degree.

    In 2005, I was warded in a psychiatric hospital and diagnosed with schizophrenia. I was not hearing and have never heard voices nor have I had any clear hallucinatory symptoms. Instead, I believed in conspiracies that were kind of naïve and far-fetched.

    I have had a spotty employment history. I have barely worked longer than half a year in a full-time capacity in supported employment.

    These 16 years because of self-stigma and the stigma of my mother, I was unable to pursue my studies. Not even independently, as my mother was afraid I would relapse if I were so much as to study physics on my own again.

    16 years later, I am somewhat stable. I am acutely aware that having lost all these years, further studies is a long shot. However I am already 40 and if I don’t pursue it now, I will likely never have a chance.

    What can I do now to better my chances of getting into graduate school?
    Last edited: May 16, 2016
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  3. May 16, 2016 #2
    Sorry. It's "Getting back on track" in the topic title. Having a dizzy spell.
  4. May 16, 2016 #3

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    You need to a) smoke the GRE, and b) show that you can stay employed at one job for multiple years. (Grad school is a multiple year commitment)
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