Depression: Depression & Related Conditions

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Hypothyroid 23 Year Old Girl

I am a 23 year old active girl. I have a loving boyfriend, a fairly decent family and I have confidence in my daily routines. I don't feel ugly or have low self esteem, and, consider myself "normal."

My only thing is with school. There have been times where I've had an amazing teacher and do well in the course. However, for the most part school is a struggle. I do have a hypothyroid condition which, I've been told, distracts me and blurs my memory. I feel like it's more than that.

I always feel like everyone in my classes are smarter than me and I feel dumb. It takes me longer to process things and studying seems like a waste of time. I have a hard time focusing. I'm so nervous because I'm working towards becoming a nurse and it's a hard degree.

All my friends and family say that,"if you put your mind to it you can do anything." But, I truly do not believe them. I keep contemplating whether I'll be able to handle it.

Am I dumb? Is there a pill I can take to help me focus?

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