Mental Health Awareness Month - page 3

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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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    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!
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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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    *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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    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))))
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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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    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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    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.
    I'm still me too! I LOVE that. Don't ever feel ashamed. I have diabetes as well as an eating disorder. Neither of things is any less of a real condition than the other.
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    I've dug up this old thread from a year ago because we are entering May, which is once again National Mental Health Awareness Month.

    Last year, members with different types of mental health conditions wrote some impressive articles and started threads about this topic, which has once again been brought out of the closet by the media, which is all too quick to point to MI for mass killings and gun crimes.....often without a shred of evidence that the perpetrators have (or had) a psych history. It is my hope that we can reopen the dialogue we started last spring, and give some of our members with mental health issues another chance to educate the rest of us about what they face every day in an industry that is not kind to those who are "out" with their illness.
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    I've dug up this old thread from a year ago because we are entering May, which is once again National Mental Health Awareness Month.
    Wow, it's been a whole year already?! thank you for pulling this up. I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say!

    I am still not working as a nurse (history of bipolar and generalized anxiety disorder) - but am looking into doing some part time home health. We'll see. The confidence levels are pretty lowwwww....

    Thank you Viva xo
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    It has been a year...last year I was at a crossroads in terms of where I was going in this profession as a new RN; I'm happy to say I am happy to be thriving at a position where I am considered a leader and have a per diem leadership job. I work a schedule that works for me where I have a work-life balance too; I can see my therapists and keep healing.
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