Nurses struggling with mental illness - page 41

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 Babs0512
    My doctor took me out, I saw a shrink, diagnosed me with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, and PTSD.
    Sounds like a well-deserved dx if there s such a thing, I am so sorry Babs for all your losses.

    ((((((( Babs ))))))))

    ps can you link me to your article? I can't seem to find it
    Last edit by Liddle Noodnik on Jun 7, '08
  2. by   Babs0512
    Sorry Zoboey, I don't know how to link. I can read my article, but I'm not sure if it has be "officially" released as yet - as the closing date for submissions is June 15th. If I go to articles, at the top of the article page it says "submit an article" - then in the column to the right, I can see the beginning of my title "Nancy and B...". If you can explain how to "Link" you, I can try, keep in mind I am VERY MINIMALLY computer literate. LOL Thanks for your comments and support, it means a lot.
  3. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from Babs0512
    Sorry Zoboey, I don't know how to link. I can read my article, but I'm not sure if it has be "officially" released as yet - as the closing date for submissions is June 15th. If I go to articles, at the top of the article page it says "submit an article" - then in the column to the right, I can see the beginning of my title "Nancy and B...". If you can explain how to "Link" you, I can try, keep in mind I am VERY MINIMALLY computer literate. LOL Thanks for your comments and support, it means a lot.
    I found it, thank you! For anyone else it is at:
    http://allnurses.com/forums/f300/nan...ml#post2893450

    Babs that was absolutely spellbinding. Well done

    You know how you said Babs and Nancy met? I feel like I had a similar 'meeting' myself - only I carried around the two persons and continued to try to work like that for far too long.

    ((((((((( Babs ))))))))
  4. by   sharona97
    Zoey..... As always thanks for the link.
    Babs........ Thank you for writing such a beautiful story. I've never read a story describing emotion as well as you have described it. You have alot to offer all of us here, thanks again.

    Sharona
  5. by   HM2VikingRN
    I just want to express my support for everyone. I have struggled with a situational depression r/t a bullying boss and it truly was the darkest period of my life. I can only imagine the pain that each you has on a daily basis and wish you peace.
  6. by   sharona97
    Quote from HM2Viking
    I just want to express my support for everyone. I have struggled with a situational depression r/t a bullying boss and it truly was the darkest period of my life. I can only imagine the pain that each you has on a daily basis and wish you peace.
    H2Viking:

    So positive always. Thanks for your continued support H2V, I miss ya!

    Sharona
  7. by   babymamarn
    I struggle with Manic Depressive disorder. Sometimes I am very functional and at other times, not so great. Can anyone suggest ways to know when you are safe to work or when you shouldn't? Sometimes I'm really afraid that I might make a major mistake and this fear is really controlling me. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
  8. by   sharona97
    I wish I knw the answer to your question. I have up and down days everyday. I just keep telling myself this too shall pass and focus on daily healing. I'm going to buy the book The Secret, maybe it's in there? Have you read it or heard of it?
  9. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from babymamarn
    I struggle with Manic Depressive disorder. Sometimes I am very functional and at other times, not so great. Can anyone suggest ways to know when you are safe to work or when you shouldn't? Sometimes I'm really afraid that I might make a major mistake and this fear is really controlling me. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
    Do you mean when you are becoming manic?

    I think we all have red flags that tell us when we are crossing the line, for me it is stopping eating and sleeping, being angry at everyone and everything, compulsively writing... other things. It is good to have at least one person who knows us sick and well and can tell us when we are starting to slide.

    Good luck!
  10. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from sharona97
    I wish I knw the answer to your question. I have up and down days everyday. I just keep telling myself this too shall pass and focus on daily healing. I'm going to buy the book The Secret, maybe it's in there? Have you read it or heard of it?
    hi sharona, how did you get past me? lol
  11. by   babymamarn
    I have alot of problems with the depressive aspect, though being manic certainly has it's own problems. My doc says I have "mixed state". I can either be so wired and anxious to moving and thinking like a sloth, not to mention the extreme irritability. Also not sure if it's the meds, but sometimes I can't do simple math and other basic functions. I have to provide income for my family, but it seems like it is getting harder to manage my symptoms. Feeling a little desperate.
  12. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from babymamarn
    I have alot of problems with the depressive aspect, though being manic certainly has it's own problems. My doc says I have "mixed state". I can either be so wired and anxious to moving and thinking like a sloth, not to mention the extreme irritability. Also not sure if it's the meds, but sometimes I can't do simple math and other basic functions. I have to provide income for my family, but it seems like it is getting harder to manage my symptoms. Feeling a little desperate.
    ((((( babymamarn)))))))
  13. by   inthesky
    babymamarn,
    I get horrible mixed states also. It seems like the worst combination of irritability, edginess, and depression =(. I'm just crawling out of a very serious episode..possibly triggered/exacerbated by night shift.

    I knew I couldnt work when:
    -I was so jumpy that i was startled by every loud sudden noise
    -I kept thinking of going home and taking a drug overdose
    -my thoughts were racing so much that i felt like everything took me twice as long and my memory felt impaired (i am not normally a really anxious person)
    -i was needing more and more sleeping pills to fall asleep

    also, I discussed this all with my psych doc and therapist.

    bipolar disorder is technically a medical illness and disability. You could look into your work's emergency medical leave (FMLA--i think?). If you got into a car wreck and needed surgery, you would get emergency time off right?? Allow yourself time to get stable. I see no reason why you wouldn't be able to get back to work. I'm currently applying for a day shift position.

    I wish you the very best; bipolar d/o sucks
    <3

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