Nurses struggling with mental illness - page 33

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   Danish
    Im in nursing school now and I suffer from Bipolar disorder. My psychotropic meds did not show up on my drug test, nor did I share that info with anyone at my school. I am having some difficulty managing stress and not letting that trigger my disorder. When I am anxious and stressed, I tend to feel myself getting depressed and can sometimes talk myself back. I have been through 6 years of cognitive therapy and I it has been the best thing for me. I can recognize what is going on and that Im not thinking clearly. When Im manic, I have to tell myself to "shut up". It helps a lot that my husband is supportive and understands the disorder. Having a good support system is so important.
    Good luck and God Bless!
    Im here anytime if you just need to vent
  2. by   amzyRN
    Quote from MD1211
    It was my understanding that nurses with mental illness or a history of mental illness were not allowed to practice. Short term depression was evaluated. Can someone clarify this for me?

    Personally, I would rather a nurse have it diagnosed and be taking her meds than avoiding a psychiatrist in fear of losing the license.
    The Americans with disabilities act prohibits discrimination based on psychological disabilities and any nurse that was told he/she couldn't practice would be able to sue under this law and I think win.

    There seems to be paranoia and 'stigma' (in general) around mental health issues, based on ignorance, and I'm surprised that this persists in the field of health sciences. I am also surprised that there are people who do not know their rights under the Americans with disabilities act and that they have a right to work under that law.

    Just my 2 cents.
    J
  3. by   MD1211
    well, I was just wondering since it is in a required declaratory order for the BNE application/licensure. I am not trying to rub anyone the wrong way.
  4. by   woody62
    Quote from Danish
    Im in nursing school now and I suffer from Bipolar disorder. My psychotropic meds did not show up on my drug test, nor did I share that info with anyone at my school. I am having some difficulty managing stress and not letting that trigger my disorder. When I am anxious and stressed, I tend to feel myself getting depressed and can sometimes talk myself back. I have been through 6 years of cognitive therapy and I it has been the best thing for me. I can recognize what is going on and that Im not thinking clearly. When Im manic, I have to tell myself to "shut up". It helps a lot that my husband is supportive and understands the disorder. Having a good support system is so important.
    Good luck and God Bless!
    Im here anytime if you just need to vent
    I too suffer from bipolar disorder. I was finally correctly diagnosed in 1976, after spending time in therapy and on a truck load of antidepressants that did nothing to solve my problems. I have never shared with any employer my diagnoses and never plan to. Even health care professionals have a misunderstanding of mental illness and frequently treat their peers negatively. Despite knowing the problems that accompany mental issues, they seem to think that because one is a nurse they should know how to get out of their depression. And they react very negatively when we don't. They don't treat us like other patients. And they tend to view us with a jaundice eye when we work.

    Woody
  5. by   Deidre Shiobhan
    Delayed sleep syndrome - something that I've just discovered but it's a rather common problem. One feel tired but cant sleep , 2 of my colleagues are depressive 1 on regular meds but the other on and off. Tried talking to one of them for a long time but doesn't work, HOW? just hope that 1 day they'l recover and their life will improve.
  6. by   grace90
    Quote from MD1211
    well, I was just wondering since it is in a required declaratory order for the BNE application/licensure. I am not trying to rub anyone the wrong way.
    Hmmm... I don't remember having to answer any questions like that for taking the NCLEX.

    :deadhorse :deadhorse :deadhorse :deadhorse :deadhorse

    I know it's been said before, but if every nurse who had any type of mental illness or even short-term depression was not allowed to work- ha ha- I guess the pt's would just take care of themselves cuz there'd be almost no one licensed.
  7. by   GeminiTwinRN
    I never had a question like that when I applied for my BON for application for licensure. That seems to me to be an invasion of privacy for sure!

    MD1211- what state do you practice in? just curious!
  8. by   EricJRN
    Here in Texas, the BNE wants to know about diagnosis/treatment within the past five years for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and certain personality disorders (paranoid, antisocial and borderline). They also ask about drug or alcohol addiction.
  9. by   amzyRN
    Quote from MD1211
    well, I was just wondering since it is in a required declaratory order for the BNE application/licensure. I am not trying to rub anyone the wrong way.
    I didn't mean anything to be taken like I was angry, so sorry if you got that impression. I just wanted anyone to know that they are protected under the Americans with disabilities act and have a right not to be discriminated against. I'm in California and there is no question on the BON application about mental illness or drugs. They only require disclosure about prior convictions. They do fingerprint checking and that's the only checking they do. I may contact a lawyer if I were concerned and it seems very backwards that Texas would require that. There is a website and organization that is called Nurses with disabilities (I think it's called that). You can do a google search if you don't find anything. You can also google the Amer s/ dis Act and you should find that it encompasses mental disabilities also.

    I am very surprised that the BON in Texas would ask about that, since they don't require disclosure about other illnesses. I would ask a lawyer and contact the association of nurses with disabilities. The BON in Texas might be breaking the law by requiring that type of disclosure,
    :spin: J
  10. by   amzyRN
    Here is a link I thought would be helpful that explains the American's with disabilities act.

    http://www.jan.wvu.edu/links/adalinks.htm
  11. by   sharona97
    Eric is this fairly new for the boards to ask of their applicants? I worked in Texas in the 80's and don't remember that. I know change is constant.......
  12. by   krisssy
    I have a NY license. When I applied for a Florida license they asked about any history of mental illness or drug dependency within the last 5 years. Krisssy
  13. by   sharona97
    WOW. This surprises me I guess. I would think those questions would be asked at the nursing application process. I worked in FLA 1998 to 2000. I did a license transfer at that time. (Hubby was transferred). I find this very interesting. Thanks!

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