Mental Health Awareness Month - page 2

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Raise your hands: How many Allnurses.com readers know that in addition to mothers and deceased war veterans, the month of May is dedicated to mental health awareness? Give yourself a gold star for the day if you were able to... Read More


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    I'm standing with you all!!

    I have PTSD, and it has come back with a VENGEANCE with my new job...even though they are "supportive" (no sarcasm here either) they don't know how to accommodate me. I am optimistic that I will be able to succeed as a nurse, but it is a challenge to be in the light about having PTSD. I think there really needs to be a collective awareness, and reform. I feel really dear to this cause, but I do not know where to start in terms of spreading awareness, and having TRUE SUPPORT for all nurses in order for us to be successful in this profession.
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    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.
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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.
    Yes, I am very comfortable about sharing my experiences with PTSD. Please try PM'ing me again. Or I will PM you.

    I want us to be able to get true support and remove the stigma from our community as much as possible.
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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.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.


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