Last week I was helping a pro bono client find $500 in scholarship funds to pay for books when he begins community college next semester. While looking for available scholarships I came across the following list of scholarships for people with mental illness. Although the amounts offered are modest ($500-1000), they cover the cost of tuition and books at most community colleges or public trade schools.
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More later on my TMS consultation from earlier this week . . . I learned a lot but I've decided to hold off on the treatment for now since I'm already doing so well. The Dr. had some useful insights into the nature of my illness, and confirmed much of what I suspected about the chronicity and severity of it, but he also seemed optimistic that my recent recovery and the efficacy of medications in suppressing my symptoms means I may be able to nip future episodes in the bud fairly quickly. He also stressed the importance of treating episodes as quickly as possible in order to avoid the neurotoxic effects of severe depression on the brain.
We also talked about the latest research on the possible teratogenic (causing birth defects) effects of various medications, and the ways that pregnant women can balance the risks to their babies and themselves either by avoiding certain drugs during the first trimester and then working them back in, or by undergoing non-pharmacological treatments like TMS during pregnancy. (We were only talking about it because he has special knowledge in the area . . . not because I'm thinking of having a baby anytime soon!).