As much as I regret to say it, I would strongly advise you to keep your health issues private. If you feel you cannot handle the coursework, you may want to take a break from nursing school until you have things under control.
I think you and I both know that symptomatic bipolar disorder is NOT compatible with pursuing goals that require concentration and focus. Asking for accommodations now may set a precedent that you don't want following you through your career, and believe me, once it's out in the open you can't take it back.
We also know that our illness is an episodic one that will almost certainly come back to haunt us, over and over again, for the rest of our days. Decreasing the number of times that happens is the best way to achieve our goals, so if you're not taking good care of yourself---and that's HARD to do during nursing school!---you need to re-evaluate your priorities. The most important one, besides meds and therapy, is sleep
, so if you're skimping on shut-eye, do what my psychiatrist did to me and set a curfew for yourself. No homework, no computer, no texting after a certain hour (preferably at least an hour before bed)---just go to bed and get up at the same times every day, and make sure you get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.
If you're not doing this, you won't believe how much it will do to stabilize your mood and help your cognitive function. I've had moderate short-term memory problems for years that are NOT helped by bipolar medications; but since I've become so strict with myself on sleep, my memory has improved to the point where I don't always
have to use sticky notes to remember things. For me, that is progress.....for you, as a younger person in nursing school, it can mean the difference between succeeding on your own merit and needing accommodations.
Self-care, self-care, self-care......I know I can be pretty repetitious about that, but even being on multiple mood stabilizers and antipsychotics didn't fix me until I started taking them at the same times every day and making a priority of protecting my sleep.