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  1. I don't want to give too much information away for the sake of staying anonymous, but I still have a lot of time before CaRMS. I don't currently need a year off school, and I am not sure I want UGME to know about this unless I absolutely have to.
  2. Thank you everyone for your responses. When I say I was recently diagnosed, I meant like last week. I still did not get a chance to speak with my psychiatrist about this, but I can already see how my diagnosis could hinder my performance should I go into ophthalmology. I am particularly worried about lithium-induced tremor. I am also worried about what would happen if I become sick during residency and have to take several months off. In family medicine, each program has like 50 residents, so if one resident needs to take time-off, it is not that big of a deal. Obviously that may not be the case in a small program like ophthalmology. And then there is the longer duration of training, the need for fellowship, and then as NLengr mentioned the need to be flexible about where you work. Lots to think about for sure. I mean, according to uptodate, 10-15% of bipolar patients die by suicide. So, yeah being an ophthalmologist is great and all, but staying alive is better.
  3. I am open to feedback, but surely there are more empathetic ways to tell someone your opinion than the way Interpid86 put it. Anyways, again if someone who has Bipolar is reading this, I would appreciate it if you can DM me.
  4. With all due respect, I don't think you know what you are talking about. Bipolar is not a walk in the park. Try staying a full year in bed doing absolutely nothing and thinking about how to end your life, then you can come talk to me about "career aspirations".
  5. Hey everyone, I am a medical student and I was recently diagnosed with Bipolar Type 1 disorder. I was initially interested in pursuing ophthalmology. After my diagnosis, I am now thinking that maybe I should take it easy and go into family medicine as the duration of training will be shorter and also less stressful. Also in family medicine I will have more control over my schedule. I know family medicine won't be as fullfilling as ophthalmology but still I can see myself doing it. It won't be the end of the world. What do you guys think? Any advice would be appreciated, especially from someone who is in a similar situation or knows someone in a similar situation.
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