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quinn45
quinn45 aged 28
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Female , 28

I am university student studying psychology.

I enjoy sports such as running and cycling. I also enjoy playing music and play the guitar, bass, drums and my favourite; the piano.

I was born in Birmingham and have had an interesting upbringing, I have three younger siblings so unfortunately I am the oldest! I have moved around a lot including various areas in Birmingham, London and Coventry.

I originally studied Business Management in north west London and realised it was not for me so I transferred to another university where I am now studying Psychology so I am now happy that I have found something I am very passionate about.

I have experienced things in life that have inspired me to help people. So I am aiming for a career in clinical psychology or psychiatry.

Life experiences

Mental Health

I have had a lot of experience as a mental health service user. I have experienced most things that can happen to a service user...good and bad.
I have been on copious amounts of medication with serious side effects and the not so serious side effects. I have attempted to kill myself and have been sectioned, wrestled to the ground, sedated and thrown into a secure cell. Been through psychotherapy, Cognitive behavioural therapy, day services and other general support.
I still do experience difficulties and have yet to find the right treatment although I now know what does and doesn't work for me.

It has also given me a lot of survival techniques and much of the time it is up to you to survive with a bit of help and support aswell.

People can only help you so far until you have to do it yourself...this is not from a psychology book, these are hard lessons I have had to learn.

Bipolar disorder/Manic depression

I am not in any way an official, accredited expert on this topic.
However, I suffer from bipolar disorder and I do believe in arming myself with as much knowledge to help me to manage my condition from day-to-day.

I research this topic heavily in my spare time as I am fervently interested in this topic from a psychologists point of view aswell.

As you learn more about your condition you learn tricks and tips to help you get along in your day.

I have learnt to accept things when they happen to me, to overlook embarrassing behaviour when I am manic or to cope and distract myself when I am severely depressed.
Also I don't try and take myself too seriously, as I always say: I laugh madly at my madness.

Student

As a student, I understand what difficulties someone living away from home for the first time undergoes.

Despite suffering from damaging mood swings, I have still managed to get into uni by completing A levels. I was not aware of the help that I was entitled to for an awful long time.
After enlisting the help I needed academically, I now have all the appropiate help to get me started, I find that I am enjoying my time as a student a whole lot more.

Why mentor on horsesmouth?

Becoming a mentor is going full circle for me...from being helpless, helped and now I would like to be the helper. Like everyone who wants to mentor, I want to give something back using all the experience and knowledge that I have acquired. Mentoring is a great idea as it empowers people who are looking for some guidance and help and it also enables them to use their own experience without having to worry about qualifications and being chartered to help someone, it creates a better sense of community and sharing.

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