Quote from Reckless96
I go to college soon and I really want to get into nursing once I finish my prerequisites. I feel like this is really what I want to do with my life. Although, I struggle with anxiety and bi polar disorder. I take medication for it and I have it more under control, although I sometimes have a hard time in new situations when I'm around people I don't know. I get shy around new people, I usually just listen and observe instead of engaging in conversation unless someone speaks to me. I feel like this will hold me back to doing nursing or I will be a bad nurse because of it. I don't want this to hold me back. Are there any nurses out there that have the same problem? If so how do you deal with it?
Hello, and WELCOME to Allnurses!!
I'm Viva, and I'm Bipolar 1 with rapid cycling. As MrChicagoRN said, there are a lot of nurses here who have BP, as well as anxiety and depression, who are more than willing to share their struggles as well as what works for them.
For what it's worth, more nurses are introverted and somewhat shy, than extroverted like me (although I do have a degree of social anxiety in certain situations), so please don't let that hold you back from pursuing a nursing career.
I'm probably not the best person to advise you on what it's actually like to be a successful nurse with bipolar disorder, as my own career has imploded this year due to my own anxiety issues and family concerns. But there are other BP nurses here who are doing well, and who prove that there is no reason for mental illness to get in the way of going after your dreams.
I hope you'll enjoy posting here and getting to know both the 'regulars' and the newbies. Once again, welcome, and happy posting!