I visited the forum a few years ago but I've since forgotten my username/password and so I made a new account.
This isn't really a 'what are my chances' thread. I messed up my first undergrad degree really badly and I already know that the only way I have a decent shot at a medical school in Canada is with a stellar second degree, amazing MCAT scores, decent ECs and some luck. My question is more along the lines of whether all of this is worth pursuing for someone who has a history of struggles with mental health issues, a struggle that's far from over. My plan for pursuing a second undergrad was derailed for a few years because of a combination of personal problems and mental health issues. This year, I finally thought I had things under control and enrolled in non-degree courses at university, full-time. I was doing really well until I was hit again with severe depression and anxiety during the middle of it all. I had to defer all my final assignments and exams, which I'm now in the process of finishing up.
This experience has really made me re-consider my plans for medical school. I know that I have what it takes intellectually. My dismal performance in my first degree was more a result of my horrible study habits, inattentiveness, and struggles with mental health which could have all been avoided had I gotten the help I needed much earlier. But I've come to realize that being in school does exacerbate my mental health issues. And as it turns out, I might also have ADD. Working as a physician would be something I would love to do if I was lucky enough to, but the path to get there is no walk in the park. I really have my work cut out for me, and I'm not that young anymore (currently 28).
I can't for the life of me seem to figure out what to do. I'm just here looking for perspective from others who are going through or have gone through similar struggles. Did your mental health put you at a disadvantage on your path to med school? what kind of support did you get? For those who are already in medical school or practicing medicine, has it impacted your ability to be a good physician? And would you do it again?
Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks, guys.