Anyone Bipolar??? - page 9

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   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from reachingforstars
    Thanks for your response. I am still nervous about it, but I think it will be even worse if I don't disclose and they somehow find out later. I just have to trust that it will be o.k.


    I hope it all works out for you! please let us know!

    Reaching for stars is a good name for you - and some stars are way out of reach - but some aren't!
  2. by   kserasera
    I am bipolar and am having a very hard time at work. I have told no one about my diagnosis but I'm sure they know something is wrong and are making their own "she's crazy" diagnosis. The place where I work is not very understanding of mental health issues. I have not been able to sleep for several days now due to the stress and anxiety. I know that it has caused me to make a lot of mistakes because I can't concentrate, I can't talk, and I feel like I'm running around all the time. Right now, I am really worried that my mistakes will get me fired. It's not anything that would kill someone but just careless mistakes. This makes me even more stressed out because I can't quit, my financial situation right now is not good. I realize my mistakes and will try to be more careful, but I'm always scared now that ANY kind of mistake will get me kicked out. How do you cope?
  3. by   jahra
    ARW123,

    You have identified your symptoms very well, give your Dr a call so
    you can get early control of your sx. Having a good management plan will
    help decrease your stress...
  4. by   kserasera
    thanks jahra. I will do that.
  5. by   jahra
    Quote from arw123
    thanks jahra. I will do that.
    ARW123,

    That's great, the sooner you and your Dr take control of sx
    the better off you are.

    I am here for support, feel free to PM me...
  6. by   smily nurse
    re bipolar: are you taking your meds??? There are many places in nsg where being bipolar does work well.... ED, ICU......try NOT to work all 3 shifts, if your shrink will write it as a disability... which it is... you can get reg shifts scheduled.... regularity is a big thing with this disease. It is best to let your boss know; legally this may protect you!!!!! Good luck!!!
  7. by   Liddle Noodnik
    I didn't see these most recent posts, sorry I haven't responded. I think it is a VERY good idea to contact your doctor especially if you are not sleeping - adequate sleep is the # 1 way to prevent mania, in my opinion. You start cutting THAT out you are going to get into trouble. My dr. has me on Benadryl, to take for sleep if I go more than two nights with less than 6 hours of sleep. Not RECOMMENDING it, just saying that's how important sleep is.
  8. by   joannlmt83
    Hi, all. I am new to the site and joined d/t noting the BPD messages. I, too, am bipolar. I have been an RN for 19yrs. and a darn good one, too. I was diagnosed correctly in Fall of 2003. Before that I was only treated for depression because I only went to the MD when I felt like crap. After reading about BPD, I went to a psychiatrist and he agreed I was indeed bipolar. I was placed on new meds and functioned well for the next 4 yrs. with a few med adjustments in between. But, this year everything escalated. I crashed & burned in Feb. and only recovered well enough to return to work in April. I was placed on Lithium in addition to the Lamictal I was on previous. However, within 2 months, I am back on the roller coaster from hell. I have poor concentration & alternately feel like jumping out of my skin or hiding under the covers for life. Geodon was added but I'm unable to tolerate it. The odd thing is I work as a Psychiatric RN! While this does give me intimate knowledge into their feelings, it also makes it painfully aware to me that I may have to leave the nursing profession for the sake of my patients and myself. I am deathly afraid I will come unglued at work and traumatize the patients, not to mention some of the staff. While they (the staff) are aware of my BPD, since this last episode, some of them have taken to "hovering" over everything I do and say. Did I mention my paranoia? (Ha, ha). I guess my question is...how will I know for sure that it's time to hang up the ol' stethoscope? When I'm controlled, I'm great, but I wonder if I will ever again feel controlled. And I don't want to make such a decision if I'm not in the right frame of mind. My MD thinks I can recover again, but I have mountains of bills to pay and am a single Mom besides. Income is rather important for those things. Anyone out there able to give this chick some advice?? All will be appreciated.

    Hello I'm new to the site and newly diagnosed with BP 1. It has been a few years since you have had this issue, has anything gotten better? I'm supposed to attend nursing school in Jan 2012 but petrified of the level of difficulty of the program that everyone constantly reminds me of not to mention all the episodes I may have during school. Is there any advice you can give me? Were you given any advice that was helpful for your situation?
  9. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from joannlmt83
    Hi, all. I am new to the site and joined d/t noting the BPD messages.

    or

    Hello I'm new to the site and newly diagnosed with BP 1.

    Hi Joannlmt83, welcome to the site!!

    it looks like you piggybacked onto a previous post? I assume the first part of the post is yours? It's easy to do! anyway, hello!

    I am on the brink of attempting to jump back into the work force again ... not sure if can do it this time. I have had so many attempts and failures. I've tried going back to nursing, and I've gone into cashiering. I went back to nursing, I went back to cashiering. Taken a year or more, or less, off, in between. My resume looks like swiss cheese! So sick of this but not satisfied staying on social security, either.

    So, help me figure out which part of the post is yours and maybe we can converse some more. There are also other threads in the "Nurses with disabilities" forum, see http://allnurses.com/nurses-disabilities-forum/

    Sorry if I am sounding negative about going back to work, tomorrow might be different! lol
  10. by   joannlmt83
    Littlenoodnik.... hey thanks for the response even though it wasn't exactly all that positive but honesty is the best. I tried copy and pasting so you would know who I'm writing to.
    I'll read the forum thanks
  11. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from joannlmt83
    Littlenoodnik.... hey thanks for the response even though it wasn't exactly all that positive but honesty is the best. I tried copy and pasting so you would know who I'm writing to.
    I'll read the forum thanks
    Thanks Joan - just hit the button that says "quote" at the bottom of a post, and it will appear as a quote like yours does here. Anyway I am not "reading" or understanding things exactly right now, so forgive me if I sounded negative. I wasn't criticizing. Just trying to make sure I knew who I was talking to.

    I am really struggling right now w/ mood swings, so again, forgive me if I sounded off! I was glad to hear from you and glad to have another person on my team who understands this crap, lol...
  12. by   ciciwaken
    hello everyone. I went to research bipolar today on this site as i am a nursing student now told this morning i was misdiagnosed for years now. My nursing school has brought all my s/s to the surface. I liked reading other post of people who can gone thru this. to be honest im very scared right now. i will be put on a medication ive never been on but praying with all my heart i can do this. I will probably be withdrawling from school for the time being. everything happens for reasons i believe. but any advise anyone can give me please private messages.. thanks!
  13. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from ciciwaken
    hello everyone. I went to research bipolar today on this site as i am a nursing student now told this morning i was misdiagnosed for years now. My nursing school has brought all my s/s to the surface. I liked reading other post of people who can gone thru this. to be honest im very scared right now. i will be put on a medication ive never been on but praying with all my heart i can do this. I will probably be withdrawling from school for the time being. everything happens for reasons i believe. but any advise anyone can give me please private messages.. thanks!
    Keep posting and let us know how you are doing! take care

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