I have just turned 23 and have been dealing with mental illness for most of my teens. I dropped out of high school as a sophomore with no real direction in life or idea of what I really wanted to do with my life. Growing up I loved and excelled in science but was in no way a math wiz. I've been interested in physics for some time and recently come to the conclusion I would love to follow one of my few childhood passions and get into something that I have always enjoyed. So now my question, is it possible or even worth it to self-teach or begin to self-teach physics? I mention math because I have a real interest in theoretical physics but do not know if my lack of math skills at a younger age will hinder my ability to get into physics in my 20's? I have been looking into some of the books I may need by looking around the forums and online. I will mention a few other things. I do not have my GED or diploma. Excuses or not, I do not have one. I consider myself decently intelligent, but going back to school, which i know must be done eventually, is something I dread. Having a mental illness just makes things a little more difficult and I figured maybe preparing myself by learning on my own could somehow motivate me to want to go back to school and achieve this goal. I don't expect to blow away science from my kitchen by trying to teach myself everything and never going back to school. I am just a very solitary person who enjoys learning and solving problems. So, what are thoughts on this idea? I feel very stubborn by not just going back to school but I figured I would throw myself out there anyway.