Nurses struggling with mental illness - page 14

I was just wondering if there are any other nurses who struggle with mental illness. It seems to be one disability that is met with little tolerance and support in the medical field. I do have major... Read More

  1. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from mattsmom81
    Yes I agree...we need to be careful sharing any identifying info if we're working. Not all nurses are open minded are they. Safer to share here anonymously.

    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{MattsMom}}}}}}}}}}}]
  2. by   warrior woman
    Y'all have helped me so much here. It feels good to be able to share my feelings,and fears without judgement. Zoe, you have helped me A LOT in that regard. The courage that everyody has here is incredible.
  3. by   KrisRNwannabe
    I have read every single message in this thread and I must say I am in awe of all of you. I am so impressed with the way you all have dealt with or are dealing with your illnesses. I have always been an believer in that nurses are real human beings and not super heros. Nurses have lives of their own and their own problems. I think some people on this board forget that and think that nurses are "professionals" 24/7/365. It bugs me that some nurses are not open minded when it comes to mental illness. While I have no problems with mental illnesses, it doesn't make me better than any of you. If anything you all are probably stronger than anyone who considers themselves "normal". Sorry to interrupt your discussion I just thought you guys deserved to be appaulded.

    Kris
  4. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from KrisRNwannabe
    I have read every single message in this thread and I must say I am in awe of all of you. I am so impressed with the way you all have dealt with or are dealing with your illnesses. I have always been an believer in that nurses are real human beings and not super heros. Nurses have lives of their own and their own problems. I think some people on this board forget that and think that nurses are "professionals" 24/7/365. It bugs me that some nurses are not open minded when it comes to mental illness. While I have no problems with mental illnesses, it doesn't make me better than any of you. If anything you all are probably stronger than anyone who considers themselves "normal". Sorry to interrupt your discussion I just thought you guys deserved to be appaulded.

    Kris

    Kris thank you! It is so wonderful to hear this. You know, when I went on "sick leave" I was given 12 weeks before they would fill my position. In that time I heard from ONE person I worked with, and that was someone I'd known previously.

    Sad really. Anyone who has surgery or some physical illness at least gets flowers.

    I know, I know, people don't want the person to feel uncomfortable.

    But the only reason we feel uncomfortable is because no one talks about it!

    So that is why your note means so much to me.:flowersfo
  5. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from warrior woman
    Y'all have helped me so much here. It feels good to be able to share my feelings,and fears without judgement. Zoe, you have helped me A LOT in that regard. The courage that everyody has here is incredible.

    Hey WW - this is what happens when you show up for your own life, when you are real, authentic - you present yourself to the world without frills and puffed up pretend stuff. And voila, we get to meet other real people, like you.

    God bless you!!!
  6. by   warrior woman
    God bless you too Zoe. God bless all of you. And thank you so much.
  7. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from warrior woman
    God bless you too Zoe. God bless all of you. And thank you so much.

    Hey WW this is for all our FANS. Er, friends I mean (make sure you watch up til the very "end")

    http://www.superlaugh.com/1/behappy.htm
  8. by   warrior woman
    Thanks Zoegirl. You are the very best. I'm glad I found you.
  9. by   mont
    Quote from KrisRNwannabe
    I have read every single message in this thread and I must say I am in awe of all of you. I am so impressed with the way you all have dealt with or are dealing with your illnesses. I have always been an believer in that nurses are real human beings and not super heros. Nurses have lives of their own and their own problems. I think some people on this board forget that and think that nurses are "professionals" 24/7/365. It bugs me that some nurses are not open minded when it comes to mental illness. While I have no problems with mental illnesses, it doesn't make me better than any of you. If anything you all are probably stronger than anyone who considers themselves "normal". Sorry to interrupt your discussion I just thought you guys deserved to be appaulded.

    Kris
    thank you soooooo much
  10. by   mont
    I get my third exam back today the weather is GREAT and I am soooo mantic. I studied so hard for this exam and finished first and now I am scared that I failed, and now I feel like I am losing control of my emotionings. At work I went from happy happy to :flamesonb (I try to stick to myself when I am in this mood as not to lash out at others). Am I the only one going though anything like this now? the change of season everyone likes and but at the moment I am finding it hard. Am I the only one?
  11. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from mont
    I get my third exam back today the weather is GREAT and I am soooo mantic.... Am I the only one?
    I've been in and out but not bad at all - I get nervous tho you know? cuz I know it can get bad quickly and I don't like "bad".

    Very common for us to have trouble this time of year. Sleep is one of the most important treatments and if you aren't getting it call your Dr - it can be lethal!

    Meanwhile, we are ALLOWED TO ENJOY life as well - so don't be worried and afraid and stuff all the time - let yourself see how really truly GOOD that flower smells, or how pretty the water is!

    {{{{{{{Mont}}}}}}}}}
    Last edit by Liddle Noodnik on Apr 11, '05
  12. by   mysticalwaters1
    My moms side of the family has everything nervous breakdowns, major depressions, bipolar, suicide, schizophrenia, Obsessive compulsive disorder it's nuts. I even thought of eventually going into psych. I know that several of these relatives of mine went into nursing or sorry jsut school and had to quit but there was more issues with their personality that interfered not soley the illness. I am a very nervous person and lately freaking out all the time anxious on med surg that someone a psych nurse said maybe i could get on something like paxil or something. I found it kindof funny and laughed out loud because while i am nervous and tense it was never as bad as when i was doing nursing. I'm not erratic or anything i do my job fine but i am getting severely stressed and will experience that where ever i go. I'm trying to calm myself but taking an anxiety pill sounds as if i'm looking for a quick fix but you know what maybe it would be good.
  13. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from mysticalwaters1
    I'm trying to calm myself but taking an anxiety pill sounds as if i'm looking for a quick fix but you know what maybe it would be good.


    It can't hurt to look into it :0. I know it's hard not to judge yourself but you have to think of it as a physical abnormality. You're probably lacking a chemical and it's ok to provide it for yourself.

    {{{{{{{{{{{{{MW}}}}}}}}}}}

    I hope things get better, holler if you need to talk!

    xo

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