I am not sure if this thread would be better placed in Health and Sexuality, so I apologise in advance if a mod chooses to move it. I am coming up to the end of my third (and what is supposed to be my final) year of university. After discussing with my tutor, I have decided to retake the year. I suffer from depression, and for various reasons this academic year has been particularly bad, resulting in me missing virtually all of my classes. There is no way that I could catch up - indeed, I don't feel well enough anyway - and so failing and repeating would seem the logical conclusion. I do feel particularly sad because of this for many reasons. One is the economic factor for both me and my parents. I'll end up with more student debt, and they'll have to pay for another year for me, which will be difficult for them considering my sister starts medical school in September, and will be living in London. On top of this, I do feel worried that lecturers or other students will notice that I have failed the year and think badly of me. I have very low self confidence as it is, and although the rational side of me says that most people will be sympathetic (and if they're not they're not very nice people) it still worries me. I was just wondering if there are any other people who have been in a similar situation, and how they have managed to tackle the fear. Thank you.