Mental Health Awareness Month - page 2

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  1. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    Quote from wish_me_luck
    Lady, I tried to PM you--are you comfortable talking about PTSD? Would love a person with PTSD's perspective on things and maybe how people can help you (and others with PTSD), any myths (and truths) about PTSD, etc. Viva and I are aiming for a conversation--questions, perceptions, etc. about various mental illnesses and sharing our stories. I am sure PTSD has many myths and inaccurate perceptions as Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorder does.

    Anyone else living with a mental illness that would like to contribute an article, please do. It would be lovely to have various disorders represented.
    I PM'd you back with contact info and my response.
  2. Visit  Multicollinearity profile page
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    Stigma exists largely because people don't understand mental illness, and they fear it. Also, for example, one's osteoarthritis does not result in a person glaring at you or acting "bizarre" like mental illness can, forcing uncomfortable interaction.

    Just because someone has mental illness does not mean they aren't responsible for controlling their reaction to it as much as they are capable. Shades of gray is what I am talking about. Our culture isn't so good with complexity.

    I have seen some with mental illness reducing their responsibility to taking a pill and disregarding their responsibility for managing their reaction to their illness (behavior) within their capacity. And I've seen others nearly destroyed by their illness despite trying very hard.

    Hopefully we can increase respect and maintain complexity of thought regarding those who suffer, which is most of us at one point in our lives or another.
    Last edit by Multicollinearity on Apr 29, '13
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  3. Visit  Liddle Noodnik profile page
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    My article, the stigma of mental illness and suicide, doesn't show on the "allnurses" side, it's on the blue (off topic) side, see the link below in my signature. Wonderful article Viva and I love the responses you have gotten! Mental illness really does touch almost every one of us!
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  4. Visit  wish_me_luck profile page
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    Liddle, can they move it to the allnurses side? Just curious. I am as thrilled as Viva that we are opening up on this site about mental health issues. I feel like mental illness is the big elephant in the room that everyone sees; but, no one talks about or tries to pretend it doesn't exist. Keep the articles coming.
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  5. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    I saw today that actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (the gorgeous woman in my avatar) is back in a mental health facility, this time on a 30-day treatment program for her bipolar II. She is a brave lady......I wondered about her mood issues last winter when she went on a morning news show and got visibly upset when asked about her mental health. She told the host that she was "sick of talking" about her illness, didn't want to be a 'poster child' for the disorder and so on. Even with all her material wealth, she's probably been struggling for months and clinging to the thought "it'll get better" before she finally admitted to herself that it was time to check in. Good for her.

    I just wish I knew what meds she's been taking, because I want them. That girl is THIN! LOL
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  6. Visit  Alisonisayoshi profile page
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    Student here ( and mother, and career changer). I have PTSD, and secondary diagnosis of eating disorder. I didn't want to admit for a long time that anything wasn't "right" with me. I mean sure, I restricted insulin (that's a nasty ED right there) and restricted food intake, and maybe I weighed myself 20+ times a day. Sure I dealt with horrifying intrusive thoughts, episodes where I felt like I was watching myself, a nightmares nightly, but I was fine, right? I mean, never mind the 15.7 A1C, or the hypervilgiance at a level that left me with knots in my shoulders, I was okay, right? If I could just be a little more perfect all of that other stuff would fall into place right? It had to, if maybe I weighed 20 pounds less, if I had more time to work out, if I ate under 300 calories, surely everything would get better, right?
    It took ONE nurse to see that it was mental illness. It took ONE woman who didn't want me to die, who saw the symptoms, not just the non compliance, to tell me "hey you are not crazy". One person can change someone's life. One person who was educated about mental illness, and what it can do.
    Nearly two recovered years later, I'm in school to become a nurse, and maybe I will get to be that one person one day that changes everything for someone.
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  7. Visit  Liddle Noodnik profile page
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    Quote from wish_me_luck
    Liddle, can they move it to the allnurses side? Just curious. I am as thrilled as Viva that we are opening up on this site about mental health issues. I feel like mental illness is the big elephant in the room that everyone sees; but, no one talks about or tries to pretend it doesn't exist. Keep the articles coming.
    I think they have, now, thank you for the suggestion. I'd asked, before, but didn't really pursue it.
  8. Visit  Liddle Noodnik profile page
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    Quote from Alisonisayoshi
    Student here ( and mother, and career changer). I have PTSD, and secondary diagnosis of eating disorder. I didn't want to admit for a long time that anything wasn't "right" with me. I mean sure, I restricted insulin (that's a nasty ED right there) and restricted food intake, and maybe I weighed myself 20+ times a day. Sure I dealt with horrifying intrusive thoughts, episodes where I felt like I was watching myself, a nightmares nightly, but I was fine, right? I mean, never mind the 15.7 A1C, or the hypervilgiance at a level that left me with knots in my shoulders, I was okay, right? If I could just be a little more perfect all of that other stuff would fall into place right? It had to, if maybe I weighed 20 pounds less, if I had more time to work out, if I ate under 300 calories, surely everything would get better, right?
    It took ONE nurse to see that it was mental illness. It took ONE woman who didn't want me to die, who saw the symptoms, not just the non compliance, to tell me "hey you are not crazy". One person can change someone's life. One person who was educated about mental illness, and what it can do.
    Nearly two recovered years later, I'm in school to become a nurse, and maybe I will get to be that one person one day that changes everything for someone.
    Wow so glad to hear your story and that it is having a happy "beginning"!!! wOOt!
  9. Visit  pinkiepieRN profile page
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    Quote from Alisonisayoshi
    Student here ( and mother, and career changer). I have PTSD, and secondary diagnosis of eating disorder. I didn't want to admit for a long time that anything wasn't "right" with me. I mean sure, I restricted insulin (that's a nasty ED right there) and restricted food intake, and maybe I weighed myself 20+ times a day. Sure I dealt with horrifying intrusive thoughts, episodes where I felt like I was watching myself, a nightmares nightly, but I was fine, right? I mean, never mind the 15.7 A1C, or the hypervilgiance at a level that left me with knots in my shoulders, I was okay, right? If I could just be a little more perfect all of that other stuff would fall into place right? It had to, if maybe I weighed 20 pounds less, if I had more time to work out, if I ate under 300 calories, surely everything would get better, right?
    It took ONE nurse to see that it was mental illness. It took ONE woman who didn't want me to die, who saw the symptoms, not just the non compliance, to tell me "hey you are not crazy". One person can change someone's life. One person who was educated about mental illness, and what it can do.
    Nearly two recovered years later, I'm in school to become a nurse, and maybe I will get to be that one person one day that changes everything for someone.
    I do hope that you are on the road to recovery. It is quite the journey but well worth every day. I, too, hope you can and will be that one person for someone. I know it will happen if you continue in this path.
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  10. Visit  Chixie profile page
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    *holds hands up*

    I have mental health issues, and i have had two major breakdowns in the past two years. At the moment its been classified as 'depression' and 'anxiety' but im wondering if there is something else in there.I feel ashamed and the people who are supposed to understand and care, do not. At least 75% of the patients we care for on our ward have some form of dementia so you would think that the nurses on the ward would have a little compassion for one of their own with mental health problems.After the nurse who committed suicide due to the information leak about the royal family it was horrendous on the ward as it was constantly being discussed using derogative terms and i felt dirty. If this is what they were saying about that nurse then what must they think about me who was admitted to her own hospital and appeared on the admission system with exactly what she was admitted with.

    No support from my manager and when i mentioned about coming back from maternity leave was met with the comment 'we cant be dealing with you having another break down, things are busy enough as it is'. Im sitting here half way though my maternity leave and im feeling guilty for leaving the ward short staffed, wondering if me going back early would help them and then im met with the above comment. I do my job to the best of my ability, i give 100% and i mentally beat myself up when i miss or forget things just like other nurses. But i could do with some support when things arent going well for me, please dont belittle me or make comments about me, a little support, a kind word, hell even just speaking to me helps. Mental illness isnt contagious, so dont avoid me when im down.

    Im still me.
    Last edit by Chixie on May 4, '13
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  11. Visit  wish_me_luck profile page
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    Chixie, I am so sorry you were met with that attitude. I have found the same--that people who were supposed to understand, didn't understand at all.

    ((((Chixie))))
  12. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    Most people don't understand mental illness until they have their own "crisis" or breakdown.

    One never knows when a personal crisis is going to occur...

    We, the ones who desire to come out of the light must lead the way towards a culture change in nursing. We need support, as well as our patients do.
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  13. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    Quote from Chixie
    *holds hands up*

    I have mental health issues, and i have had two major breakdowns in the past two years. At the moment its been classified as 'depression' and 'anxiety' but im wondering if there is something else in there.I feel ashamed and the people who are supposed to understand and care, do not. At least 75% of the patients we care for on our ward have some form of dementia so you would think that the nurses on the ward would have a little compassion for one of their own with mental health problems.After the nurse who committed suicide due to the information leak about the royal family it was horrendous on the ward as it was constantly being discussed using derogative terms and i felt dirty. If this is what they were saying about that nurse then what must they think about me who was admitted to her own hospital and appeared on the admission system with exactly what she was admitted with.

    No support from my manager and when i mentioned about coming back from maternity leave was met with the comment 'we cant be dealing with you having another break down, things are busy enough as it is'. Im sitting here half way though my maternity leave and im feeling guilty for leaving the ward short staffed, wondering if me going back early would help them and then im met with the above comment. I do my job to the best of my ability, i give 100% and i mentally beat myself up when i miss or forget things just like other nurses. But i could do with some support when things arent going well for me, please dont belittle me or make comments about me, a little support, a kind word, hell even just speaking to me helps. Mental illness isnt contagious, so dont avoid me when im down.

    Im still me.
    (((((Chixie))))) Of course you're still you. I'm still the same person I was before my diagnosis, too. But I know what it feels like to be thrown out like yesterday's newspaper, and you have my sympathies!!

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