Is it a bad idea to go into nursing? I have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. It's rapid cycling and though I am on medications right now I still get hypo mania every now and then and a bit of short lived depression. I can intellectually grasp the material and definitely do well in the coursework but I am afraid I'll lose my mind. I was accepted to social work school and deferred it as a back up plan. I am doing this because I've come to like nursing while working in a hospital for the past half year and because it affords a decent pay unlike social work. Please don't blow smoke up my butt, I need to know if this is realistic before shelling out the money for prereqs.