Those of us who are higher functioning only got to that point by pushing ourselves. Your illness is a factor to take into account, but it’s not an impenetrable wall. Pursue your goals, but keep supports in place for you to rely on. Most campuses have counsellors onsite, and look into what resources your college has for people with documented disabilities. I graduated, got a full time job, and got married. You can do all that stuff too.
I guess it depends on the person. In my case, the typical stressful things won’t have my symptoms flare up (rather inactivity and isolation do). I pressure myself and encourage others to do so in order to get something done. How do you handle other potential stressors?
Well I can tell college/university was a great experience for me, even more so after the onset than it has been before that. But as said the potential stress doesn’t really have my symptoms flare up. If anything, the other people and the reason or even pressure to engage with them has been a very welcome distraction when I was syymptomatic, but for some of us others trigger symptoms, like thought broadcasting for example. Do you have any specific programme in mind already that youre passionate about?
If you pay money down to go to the college you definitely want to push yourself to do well in your courses. Once you commit to something you need to at least see it through to some kind of closure. That said, maybe you could break your goal up into smaller steps - smaller, more reachable goals that you know you can attain. Choose your battles wisely. Only take on something big if you feel you are up to it.
I agree with @ninjastar. You have to push yourself in order to achieve any recovery and become higher functioning.
If living in a small town and attending college is something you want, something you would enjoy, then you should pursue it. Yes there might be some stress with moving but remind yourself that that stress doesn’t last forever. Once you’re settled in, things could be remarkably better for you.
Look up “SMART goals” for setting achievable goals. Keep a journal and keep up with your support system. You’re already ahead of the pack having this forum as a support.
I say do it. You don’t want to die wondering. If it is something you want, something you dream about, then a little bit of stress is worth it in the end.
I moved from Phoenix to the small town of Pauls Valley Oklahoma 3 years ago and there is sooo much less stress getting around a smaller town than in the big cities…I am much happier here than I was in Phoenix.