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#20958

OMG: Hi, everyone. 

From going through too many thoughts that make me feel anxious, stressed out, or wanting to cry for overreacting. At home, to what happened today in my training for co-op, I am thinking there should be a workshop on "Impostor Syndrome." The workshop should also involve things about what happened in the past that has ruined their self-esteem and behavior until what it's like today, because I am worrying too much about what has happened in my past that has affected me with issues regarding communication skills, friendships, having a high self-esteem and confidence (but not so arrogant), and thus being able to sense more values and develop spirituality.

I know there are already resources regarding mental illnesses, but I haven't personally used them enough for me to feel so proud on what I have accomplished or even my self-esteem simply because this term is my first co-op after spending 8 months of courses. Personally, I even find myself to have the strongest form of "Impostor Syndrome," especially on top of my disability, where I'm not projecting enough confidence or overreacting too much where in the end, I make my experience a lot worse. (I want to take all the comments and ratings very seriously for me to explain to some of my connections about my stress problems and how I'm having trouble integrating socially into UWaterloo.

4 comments

  1. I don't mean this as an insult, and I have no training in mental health whatsoever, but maybe you're schizophrenic? I say this because you seem to have rambling, disorganized thoughts, combined with what you describe as imposter syndrome.

    I'm probably an alarmist, but I would seek help.

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    1. Grad student in clinical psych here. 1, refrain from posting shit like this. Nothing in OP's post comes remotely close to suggesting schizophrenia. What a horrible and uneducated thing to say to someone.

      OP, I'd suggest an appointment with the fine people at counseling services (is that what it's called at UW?). Talking to someone about these issues is paramount. Also, friends or family you trust would be a good resource in the meantime. Good luck!

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    2. Chill out 1.a. I said right in the comment that I don't have training. This was based off dealing with people in the court system.

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  2. I'm going to be honest. From your post here, it sounds like you want the workshop more to have others listen to your experiences than to listen/learn from theirs (I get this impression from the latter half of the post as well); these feelings/doubts/concerns are things you should discuss with your councillor in Health Services or even one of the Peer Mentors offered by FEDs.

    I think you should step back and ask yourself what you want to work on and make it into a list. It seems like you have trouble communicating, so grab a Peer Mentor and just make your sessions an hour long talk about life, love, whatever. Personally, I grew up with a lisp in elementary school, and I would sit with the school councillor about half an hour a day just talking and reading until I could pronounce words normally. It's similar to what you need to do, but my case was more in trying to actually communicate my point than trying to formulate it in a way that the other party could understand.

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