I am a seventeen year old Chemistry aspirant from India. But I am not a normal one. I am very different. Because of my illness and childhood. Let me explain (I am very sorry for the involuntary creepypasta tone. I can't do anything about it.) If you cannot understand what I wrote, write below and I will happily try to explain what you didn't understand. I am very sorry for the disorganized speech.
I am a person suffering from generalized anxiety disorder, and possibly schizophrenia. (My psychiatrist will never tell me his diagnosis no matter how much I beg, but according to the tablet strip, I am on Aripiprazole, Risperidone, and what not, I don't remember.)
I have had a terrible childhood and still am a victim of on-going parental abuse. It's not that my parents sexually abuse me or well physically torture me. It's that their IQ is quite low, have no science education (they are both M.A holders in English and History respectively.) And are absolutely ignorant of how to parent.
They isolated me as a child from the outside world, resulting me in having psychotic episodes whenever I go outside (rarely aside from college and tuition -- they still pick me up and drop me, how wonderful, on a two wheeler.) My social "skills" are nothing. I mean, I don't know how to talk to people.
They just call me retard in front of me and then laugh at me because of my health and social skills. The isolation led to me having no knowledge of the outside world.
Got it? Good (I was isolated as a child and don't know how to interact with people still.)
The next thing is my mental abilities (cognition) being destroyed two years ago when I found out I have psychosis (my internist, yes internist, referred me to a neuropsychiatrist.) I used to above my science class with at least above 80%. At least. Right from fifth grade (start of high school here) to the end of it (End of high school here.) You may not believe but I was at least always in the top three (mostly top) in my science class. I did terrible in mathematics but at least I was good in General Science and Biology.
As soon as I got my biology textbook for class XI (now as I was in the science stream), I searched the internet for "Physics vs Biology" for my own intellectual fun. Then I found out that "Mathematics is the language of science." Little did I know, because of the fact that there wasn't much maths up till tenth. But I wasn't even slightly discouraged by it.
I passed my eleventh class with 53% despite me having bizarre delusions back then (My psychiatrist came at night, removed my hippocampi and a lot of other scary things.) The highest percentage in geology was 62%. The lowest was physics 35% (I was promoted in physics.) and in chem I got in between 55-60.
You wouldn't believe the fact. I was constantly hallucinating (hearing voices of my doctors, strangers, etc. In my delusions my doctors tortured me when I went asleep) but I still passed the eleventh grade examination. Not what I used to be three or four years ago of course. I used to get above 87 in the science subject.) But I still passed. That's what matters....
I found out the cause now.
Ever since I got "C" (Last division) for Fifth grade, my parents, being overly ignorant, used to attack me verbally for the fact hat "You are a failure", "We wouldn't hope your sister becomes what you are", "You don't know anything", and as my dad put in fifty minutes ago, "You can't even stand in a decent manner."
It really destroyed me mental abilities, you know...
My parents think that me reading a textbook will magically change everything. That's not true as we all know it. Little importance is theoretical knowledge in the world of science (unless of course you are a theoretical physicist or a less-commonly known "Theoretical chemist." What matters is the skill of preparing chemicals. I never can have that skill? Why? I instantly forget about the laboratory methods we all use (include titration.)
I have given my class XII Board exam now (I did fairly, fairly well this time though. All my journals were completed, I gave each and every practical exam, I never copied during exam, and gave oral, project reports, etc. so I think I will pass in first class. I am still waiting for results though.
So if you now agree that I suffer from schizophrenia (I didn't write like this on purpose.) My mom is a psychotic (or perhaps way-too-much neurotic) who feels nothing but anger. Literally. As I am writing this, she called me an abusive word and told me to turn off the computer.
Anyway, enough about my abuse....
I am a schizophrenic, academically nothing I used to be, can I get my doctorate in chemistry and work as a pharmaceutical scientist? I have many neuropsychiatric conditions. I am emotionally numb, feel nothing except fear and shame (shame to a lesser extent.) I am suffering from exotopia. Muscle knows due to stress all over the upper arms, suffering from malnutrition, etc.
If I work hard (in the lab of course, not just with my theoretical books.) can I fulfill my dream of becoming a pharmaceutical scientist?
Reason for being a pharmaceutical scientist : I as myself suffer from the disorders of the nervous system, I have come to know that there are no drugs available for many conditions like Depersonalization, ALS, etc. I may not be able to cure the conditions but I hope I make the world a better place by trying to enhance our understanding of mental and neurological disorders.
I would have been a doctor instead but my psychiatrist told me I will just waste my time.
Edit : More about parental issues.
They never really taught me anything except what is wrong. Never taught me how to ride a bike (although I do ride a scooter now), how to study, how to interact with people, etc. and now they complain that I don't know "anything." "Can't do anything."
They expected me to be isolated from society and still behave like normal people do. That's not scientifically possible. Although both of them are very irrational (in my opinion) I never have surrendered to their irrationality. I have a very scientific mind and I will worship only science. Because it is in my veins. Logic is the only way to live for me.
Now, on a more academic note...
I am still terrible at math (didn't opt out for it in college) but I want to do research in drugs. Is it possible? I am very passionate about reading chemistry and solving more conceptual problems, but my poor cognition worries me. Everyone I meet outside just calls me a retard or "crazy." (Crazy) Which I frankly am (suffering from schizophrenia) I am ready to improve my math skills (by buying Chemistry books on Amazon) but do you think I can be a pharmaceutical scientist?