Over the course of the past couple of weeks, I've been working on getting the required paperwork submitted to the campus disability resource center for help dealing with PTSD. Specifically, I'm looking for help arranging quiet rooms for taking exams. It is a bit of an uphill battle because I've never done anything like this before, so I'm not familiar with the paperwork or the procedure. I know PTSD is real, I know it affects how I study, I know it negatively affects my performance on exams. The paperwork will eventually get done. My doc at the VA is being more than helpful. It's just a question of getting the right information to the right people. Procedures have to be followed, and I'm OK with that. The VA and the people on campus are trying very hard to make it all work.
I think the scariest part of the entire process is that for the rest of the semester, and probably the rest of my college life, I'm going to be a student with a disability. I'm going to have to notify each one of my professors, and do paperwork every semester.
At some point, I'm going to have to tell a classmate that the reason I'm never present for exams is that I have PTSD, and so I need quiet rooms to take exams in. I've never encountered anyone in college that needed to do that because they had something like PTSD. I don't have a frame of reference to work with here.
Maybe it's just one of those things that falls under the umbrella of "adjusting to life as a full time college student." I don't know.