Anyone Bipolar??? - page 10

I was wondering if anyone is, or knows of any successful bipolar nurses. I am non-medicated but cope with my symptoms via behavior modification and therapy. I do not want to rely on medication if I... Read More

  1. by   ciciwaken
    liddle~ thanks and i will keep you posted. last night the new mood meds knocked me on my feet and i had trouble today just to get out of bed. im doing much much better today. school will allow me to take leave but i, since im in a LPN program, will loose alot on clinicals. luck enough next week is my fall break. i dont believe i want to totally STOP nursing just having issues with the school that i truly dont want to continue there. but again well see what happens with my health
  2. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from ciciwaken
    liddle~ thanks and i will keep you posted. last night the new mood meds knocked me on my feet and i had trouble today just to get out of bed. im doing much much better today. school will allow me to take leave but i, since im in a LPN program, will loose alot on clinicals. luck enough next week is my fall break. i dont believe i want to totally STOP nursing just having issues with the school that i truly dont want to continue there. but again well see what happens with my health
    Hope you are able to figure out both the health AND school issues in a way that helps you!! do you have plenty of real life support that can help you thru this?
  3. by   Marshall1
    I haven't read through all the posts but having someone in my family who was bipolar (now deceased), I can say most bipolars - true bipolars - cannot function well or for long without medication. SOME can but the most cannot -this isn't a matter of will power - its a matter of brain circuitry. The person in my family was very conscientious about taking medication once diagnosed and lived a full life - no one would've known about the bipolar has she not told them as the medication allowed her to function normally - she wasn't a zombie - she was able to just...live. She was not ashamed or unwilling to admit her condition and actually educated a lot of people over the years about it and psych meds. She was an example that psych meds DO work when taken correctly.
    For you, there would be no reason to tell your employee or anyone else about your diagnosis. Most medications that are given for bipolar are not going to show on a drug test and if something does crop up - you have a script. The main thing is for you to take care of yourself before you try to take care of anyone else. Good luck
  4. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from Marshall1
    I haven't read through all the posts but having someone in my family who was bipolar (now deceased), I can say most bipolars - true bipolars - cannot function well or for long without medication. SOME can but the most cannot -this isn't a matter of will power - its a matter of brain circuitry. The person in my family was very conscientious about taking medication once diagnosed and lived a full life - no one would've known about the bipolar has she not told them as the medication allowed her to function normally - she wasn't a zombie - she was able to just...live. She was not ashamed or unwilling to admit her condition and actually educated a lot of people over the years about it and psych meds. She was an example that psych meds DO work when taken correctly.
    For you, there would be no reason to tell your employee or anyone else about your diagnosis. Most medications that are given for bipolar are not going to show on a drug test and if something does crop up - you have a script. The main thing is for you to take care of yourself before you try to take care of anyone else. Good luck


    thank you, this was an EXCELLENT post! sorry I didn't see it til now

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