Schizophrania, cant counsel, wanting to code

I have been diagnosed with schizophrenia and anti social personality disorder and I realized I cannot be a substance abuse counselor. I have a BS in psychology and a CDCA license to practice, but im too emotionally and mentally unstable to do either practice. I want coding to be my savior in this world, I want to pay off my college debt and beable to handle myself.

I`m 32yr and living with parents, 70k in debt, and ITCHING to move out.

I`m not good at math but I can learn! and I can push myself to learn to code. But iam slow paced, U guys think I can turn my life around??? :slight_smile:


Whether or not learning to code is a good path for you depends on your interests, preferences, and goals. There is nothing in your post that disqualifies you from becoming a programmer.


Hi @SaintEvrest!

Welcome to the forum!

Me too :grinning: and it’s ok.

I don’t think you have to be a math wizard to become a good programmer.

If you are willing to consistently work hard then absolutely.


Hey there,

nice to meet you! :wave:

Wish you all the best,
let us know if we can support you. :slightly_smiling_face:

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thanks for the warm replies! :smiley:
I think I will be doing coding 1/1/21/

I need to do real life stuff the rest of the year! :slight_smile:

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YES, you can learn this.

Free Code Camp is a great way to get started; the early lessons in the curriculum are small and straightforward. You can do them without a big investment of time.

If I may make a suggestion? Do a few lessons every day. The sooner you get started the further you’ll get.


I`m not good at math but I can learn!

For the vast majority of web dev jobs, it rarely goes beyond middle school level math.

But yeah, you can build a career in this. It’s going to take tame. If you have trouble learning quickly, then take your time. Perhaps with more experience you’ll develop some habits, especially if you enjoy it. You have a BS and a license, so you can’t be that bad at learning.

But this is likely going to be a long process - at least a year, maybe a few. I don’t mean to discourage you but to give you realistic expectations.


Hello, I find this very interesting because I have maladaptive daydreaming. It’s tough for me to focus, and I am in a similar position at 18. I already know college is starting to be a fail for me, so I’m doing all I can to learn programming languages to convince myself that a coding boot camp is right for me. If I continue to code every day and learn something, I will apply for a coding boot camp in May and also get mental help to start adult-hood on a good note. I suffer from anxiety, so there’s nothing more I can do but try. If I try, I know that I attempted to help myself not grow up and be unemployed and too mentally challenged to function.

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Good news. The math I use most in programming is the Algebra I learned in the 8th grade.

You can become a programmer. Dedication is probably the most important thing to accomplishing this goal.

The better news - you’ve already accomplished something of equal difficulty by earning a BS in Psychology and CDCA license.

The best news - you’ve already proven to yourself that you are smart/dedicated enough learn difficult subjects and achieve a lofty goal.

You’ve got this.


Give it a try. The worst that could happen is that it isn’t for you, but if so thats not the end of the world. Math is helpful for somethings certainly, but if you’re interested in front end web design it could be almost unneccesary!

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You got this. just take one step at a time. Best of luck

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If you have free time, do a stress test to see if that career is for you. Basic challenge - can you spend 50 hours a week learning/coding?
If yes, you probably have a chance.

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