Nurses struggling with mental illness - page 45

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   Poochee
    I was denied once, after seeing there doctor, now i have a hearing......i just hope they approve me.......sigh, been a long struggle
  2. by   debnky
    Quote from Poochee
    I was denied once, after seeing there doctor, now i have a hearing......i just hope they approve me.......sigh, been a long struggle

    I got mine around 7yrs ago and on the first try. I had a lawyer and we focused on only the Bipolar. I now am seriously wanting to try to back to work but I could never do those 12hr shift or nights, even though I don't sleep, LOL!
    Good luck on your hearing,
  3. by   sharona97
    Quote from Poochee
    should i go to my disability hearing?????? I have waited 36 months, didnt work none that time, until may this year i worked one day...........then went back a month later to see if i could make it couldnt...........this was a week ago, my hearing is in 5 days should I go, i feel like they'll deny me, even tho i could not work this job,,,,please help, should i go to my hearing in 5 days????????????TIA
    Hi Poochee,

    My advice would be yes go to your meeting. Start the ball rolling. They ask you pertinent questions on your job function, then also ask questions like name the last 5 presidents. Mathematical oral questions.

    When I didn't know , I pondered, at times got frustrated and in the end simply said I don't know the answer if I didn't.

    Remeber that we all have good days and bad days. And if you don't go, there will always remain the bad days. If the decision is in your favor, you've started a path to wellness with your strengths, and learn to manage through the tough times.Best of Luck.

    Prayers***********
    Sharona
  4. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from DEBNKY
    I got mine around 7yrs ago and on the first try. I had a lawyer and we focused on only the Bipolar. I now am seriously wanting to try to back to work but I could never do those 12hr shift or nights, even though I don't sleep, LOL!
    Good luck on your hearing,
    Yeah, I used to do 12's, had a real love-hate relationship w/ them

    One small step at a time - if that step's too big - try a half step. Oh it's so worth it to slowly see what you can do - even if it is less, it is more ... more than wondering, more than doubt, more than helplessness!

    Quote from sharona97
    Hi Poochee,

    My advice would be yes go to your meeting. Start the ball rolling. They ask you pertinent questions on your job function, then also ask questions like name the last 5 presidents. Mathematical oral questions.

    When I didn't know , I pondered, at times got frustrated and in the end simply said I don't know the answer if I didn't.

    Remeber that we all have good days and bad days. And if you don't go, there will always remain the bad days. If the decision is in your favor, you've started a path to wellness with your strengths, and learn to manage through the tough times.Best of Luck.

    Prayers***********
    Sharona

    And know it is normal to get turned down! If you know in your heart that you need it - keep trying! And find a lawyer who can help you!
  5. by   tanya4me
    Severina: Good for you. I personally don't suffer from mental illness other than a warranted depression at this time as I struggle with a physical disability and am now unemployed and unable to do any nursing at this time due to severe pain. I commend you for your efforts. Sandy
    Last edit by tanya4me on Aug 10, '08 : Reason: Wish to address to receipient who wrote original message
  6. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from tanya4me
    Severina: Good for you. I personally don't suffer from mental illness other than a warranted depression at this time as I struggle with a physical disability and am now unemployed and unable to do any nursing at this time due to severe pain. I commend you for your efforts. Sandy
    (((((((((((Sandy )))))))) praying that this is resolved soon for you!!! I am sorry you are going thru this!
  7. by   HM2VikingRN
    Quote from sharona97
    Miss Sharona is hanging in and hanging on. My dh and I have started a petition for civil committment for our son. Found him 2 weeks ago suicidal, very despondent and looped on Heroin.

    What a summer. Could use a prayer or two! Thanks Zoe.:redpinkhe
    Shari,
    I hope that you are helping your son get pulled back together. I missed this post so I just wanted to say I am thinking of you and your family.
  8. by   dreamct
    I am a nursing student and also suffer from anxiety..and I struggled with the fact that my dream has always been to be a nurse. Could I really do it!? Well 10 months to go in nursing school and I am feeling good about my decision to presue nursing. I cannot and will not let this disease rule my life! My question is when applying for a job is there anywhere that asks about a mental disorder and will anxiety keep me from getting hired for a job. Do I have to disclose this?
  9. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from dreamct
    I am a nursing student and also suffer from anxiety..and I struggled with the fact that my dream has always been to be a nurse. Could I really do it!? Well 10 months to go in nursing school and I am feeling good about my decision to presue nursing. I cannot and will not let this disease rule my life! My question is when applying for a job is there anywhere that asks about a mental disorder and will anxiety keep me from getting hired for a job. Do I have to disclose this?
    Hi dreamct! Nice to hear from you! Congratulations!!!!

    When I applied for my last job the health questionaire asked what medications I was on. I was told that I had to be truthful on that - but that the health office could not disclose what was on my health records.

    Good luck to you and God bless!
  10. by   Babs0512
    My hospital askes 1. who my PHP is. 2. If I have a drug or ETOH problem and lastly 3. Do I have any illnesses that will interfere with my position.

    I have depression and anxiety, and PTSD, but I choose NOT to disclose that information - none of these dx has interfered with my position.

    Congrats and good luck

    P.S. Hippa protects you too! You do not have to disclose your medical information.
  11. by   at sea
    Quote from zoeboboey
    Hi dreamct! Nice to hear from you! Congratulations!!!!

    When I applied for my last job the health questionaire asked what medications I was on. I was told that I had to be truthful on that - but that the health office could not disclose what was on my health records.

    Good luck to you and God bless!
    Hi! I just joined a few days ago. But I have read alot of your posts dating way back. I need some advice, encouragement, I'm not really sure.

    I suffer from depression/anxiety and (unfortunately, it seems to be getting worse the older I get) I have had the absolute worst time when it comes to jobs, i.e. understanding from other people. Not that it's really any of their business...I just can't seem to hide it. In my most recent experience, in a new position mind you, my boss is asking me specific information about my illness and I believe the words, "job in jeapardy" came up. Is it just me, or is this a bit intrusive? Maybe a little harrassing and threatening?

    I honestly don't know how to deal with it anymore especially when I'm a very hard working and honest nurse just trying to get by and mind my own business. What do you think?
  12. by   debnky
    You do not have to disclose that information and I would strongly disadvice doing so. As much as the medical field is suppose to be non biased in this field I have found from working Psych that it just is not the case. When I was in management my supervisor would not hire anyone recovering from Drugs/alchcoholic. She of course wouldn't say that was the reason but there are ways they can go about it without getting involved in offending the disablility act. I hope this helps.
    Debbie
  13. by   Babs0512
    at sea: It's possible that you, via body language, or tone of voice, may be giving off vibes that your manager or coworker's are picking up on. This could be what your manager was trying to convey.

    I had a similar situation. My stress, anxiety and depression went a bit off kilter when they were changing meds around last year, and I was apparently "short" with some co-workers, and showed "anxiety" in my body language while dealing with critical patients. I didn't see these things, but I conceded that it could be a possibility and I would work on improving it. Which, I have consciously tried to do. But I also requested, that as these instances arise, to have them pointed out at that time so I would know what people were referring to. Over the past year, only one nurse pointed out something to me, and she was right. In my evaluation this year, my manager stated that I "greatly improved" in these areas.

    I'm not saying this is you, but it could be. Just food for thought. If your manager mentions it again, I would ask for specific examples, taking constructive critisim can be tough, but that is what makes us professionals.

    You also mention you "have the worse time when it comes to jobs, understanding of other people"... So it sound like this may be a problem area for you, does't make you a bad person or bad nurse, just an area of which you may need to pay attention to. Remember, most people are not tolerant of psyc diagnosis in coworkers, try not to discuss this area with your coworkers. It's wrong, I know, but there is still bias out there - that's the reality of it.

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