Would you change to psychiatric/Mental health Nursing ? - page 4
I am doing an assignment and trying to establish why some general nurses don't appear to wish to work in the the mental health area. If you fall into this category could you let me know your... Read More
Nov 19, '02Sort of on topic...
One of my alltime favorite psychiatrists -- who was just "Charlie" to all of us -- once explained psychosis to some students while I was present.
He said, "What the patient is experiencing is as real to them as YOUR HAND IS TO YOU."
It is helpful to keep this in mind when you are dealing with someone who is delusional or psychotic. It is also helpful to realize that so many of them have lost the ability for abstract thinking -- so you must be very concrete.
And I can also tell you that people who are depressed really really hate to hear "Just snap out of it."
People who are fighting obsessive compulsive disorder can't stand "Well, just stop doing it".
For people who are anxious, "Stop worrying" or panic attacks "It's all in your head".
It's like expecting someone who has just burned the bottoms of their feet to run around the block.
I think mental health takes a particular kind of patience on the part of the nurse. A calm spirit helps, too. Plus the firmness of the Rock of Gibralter.