Nurses struggling with mental illness - page 9

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 hotdogtimmy

    I think the advice abt finding your niche applies to anyone

    And I never feel more alive than when doing a good resus!!
    Do you not experience the depressive aspect very often?

    Glad you are doing well! Welcome to the board! Why the nickname?
  2. by   hotdogtimmy
    Quote from zoeboboey
    Do you not experience the depressive aspect very often?

    Glad you are doing well! Welcome to the board! Why the nickname?

    In fact I get depressed abt 25% of the time and its during those periods that I increase my time at the gym/walking and having aromatherapy and reflexology.In fact I find it easier to deal with....cos in the manic phase I lose control my internal censor (over what exactly comes out of my mouth)

    The nick name is from when I was a flite nurse ,with "hotdog" used as a verb.....really just a big showoff,wearing my (bright orange) flite suit to regular meetings etc....not wearing a bullet proof vest........and grandstanding at the scene......really just typical typeA personality stuff....it started as a bit of penis envy (LoL) but stuck as a funny reminder of the days when my knees actually worked together on the same day,even simultaneously!!:chuckle
  3. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from hotdogtimmy
    In fact I get depressed abt 25% of the time and its during those periods that I increase my time at the gym/walking and having aromatherapy and reflexology.In fact I find it easier to deal with....cos in the manic phase I lose control my internal censor (over what exactly comes out of my mouth)

    The nick name is from when I was a flite nurse ,with "hotdog" used as a verb.....really just a big showoff,wearing my (bright orange) flite suit to regular meetings etc....not wearing a bullet proof vest........and grandstanding at the scene......really just typical typeA personality stuff....it started as a bit of penis envy (LoL) but stuck as a funny reminder of the days when my knees actually worked together on the same day,even simultaneously!!:chuckle

    GREAT sense of humor, LOL!

    I am past that point - I'm lucky if I shower. I am still considering ECT! zoiks! but I can't seem to do anything else!

    Now you have me confused - are you a boy Timmy or a girl Timmy?
  4. by   hotdogtimmy
    Quote from zoeboboey
    GREAT sense of humor, LOL!

    I am past that point - I'm lucky if I shower. I am still considering ECT! zoiks! but I can't seem to do anything else!

    Now you have me confused - are you a boy Timmy or a girl Timmy?
    Last time I looked definitely a boy
    it was the others (the other male helo/fire&rescue crew) who had the PE cos I was also the most photogenic !!!!
    I'm from africa....as in,where men are men and women are glad LoL
    Nows that the manic side.........

    But yes I think that there are depressive BPMD and manic BPMD people and by and large I fall into the manic side -which can be well "hidden" in EMS/ER setting........so when I feel that black dog of depression at the door I'm very aware of it and start my 'taking-care-of-myself' program.........and in truth I've always been able to get help if very low....its my smart manic mouth and sometimes total disregard for my safety thats causes problems in my life.......but I figure its the only life I have.................as my local chaplain says,the longest queue in heaven is going to be at the "ASK WHY? here" desk.
  5. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from hotdogtimmy
    Last time I looked definitely a boy
    it was the others (the other male helo/fire&rescue crew) who had the PE cos I was also the most photogenic !!!!
    I'm from africa....as in,where men are men and women are glad LoL
    Nows that the manic side.........

    But yes I think that there are depressive BPMD and manic BPMD people and by and large I fall into the manic side -which can be well "hidden" in EMS/ER setting........so when I feel that black dog of depression at the door I'm very aware of it and start my 'taking-care-of-myself' program.........and in truth I've always been able to get help if very low....its my smart manic mouth and sometimes total disregard for my safety thats causes problems in my life.......but I figure its the only life I have.................as my local chaplain says,the longest queue in heaven is going to be at the "ASK WHY? here" desk.
    Sigh, I so miss my mania, LOL!
  6. by   Fuzzy
    LOVE MANIA!!! Get lots done. People enjoy being around me. Life...is wonderful. Sometimes I manage to get into a little trouble but I usually am able to talk my way out of it. It's those depression demons that are killers . I work hard to stay on the drugs but when the depression strikes, I dump them in hopes of becoming at least a little normal and sometimes hypomanic. This causes some people concern but so far so good.
    Fuzzy
  7. by   ARNPsomeday
    *** The MIs in this thread are a great bunch! ***

    In clinicals most students think I'm kinda off the wall but they do show respect because while they're busy gagging, staring that the stage IV decubitus, I'm holding the man's hand, telling him what we're doing and what the weather's like. Then I help pack the wound. I think we just feel the person in that sick body and communicate with them, while GUMs focus on the sickness itself. We know to Hate the illness, love the person.
  8. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from Fuzzy
    LOVE MANIA!!! Get lots done. People enjoy being around me. Life...is wonderful. Sometimes I manage to get into a little trouble but I usually am able to talk my way out of it. It's those depression demons that are killers . I work hard to stay on the drugs but when the depression strikes, I dump them in hopes of becoming at least a little normal and sometimes hypomanic. This causes some people concern but so far so good.
    Fuzzy

    "Fuzzy", THAT'S an interesting name!

    I definitely prefer my hypomania but then of course worrying that it will go too high kinda spoils it. Anyway, I love that I can get my housework done and write a little bit, and the bitter edge is gone from everything.

    I've been sick since a year ago October, couple hypomanic episodes but mostly depression - If I could bang my head on something for about 20 minutes I think it would help ... sigh...

    Nice to be with you "weirdos" LOL
  9. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from ARNPsomeday
    *** The MIs in this thread are a great bunch! ***

    In clinicals most students think I'm kinda off the wall but they do show respect because while they're busy gagging, staring that the stage IV decubitus, I'm holding the man's hand, telling him what we're doing and what the weather's like. Then I help pack the wound. I think we just feel the person in that sick body and communicate with them, while GUMs focus on the sickness itself. We know to Hate the illness, love the person.

    GUM's?

    Yep you sound like how I am as a nurse. If there is a code and plenty of people, I'm the one reassuring the other patients.

    hate the illness, love the person. AMEN.
  10. by   ARNPsomeday
    Quote from zoeboboey
    GUM's?
    Hey zoeboboey, GUMs are the "general undiagnosed masses".
  11. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from ARNPsomeday
    Hey zoeboboey, GUMs are the "general undiagnosed masses".

    Hey wow, that one really works for me, LOL!

    Thank you so much!
  12. by   Fuzzy
    I'm Fuzzy because I'm a veterinary technician so therefore I'm truely Fuzzy but sometimes I'm Furry, Hairy, and Stinky. LOL
    Fuzzy
  13. by   nm1979
    I have severe depression that seems to come on go, along with panic attacks and severe anxiety. How I dealt with this? I turned to drugs, the easy way out...right. I have put 4 years of school and my family in jeopardy. I am currently on medication which i am taking correctly, attending AA and NA. I hope this experience will help me be a better nurse. I have always worked in med surg but I am thinking of working in a rehab facility. I just want to help others that have been thru what I have and show them there is a way out. I have made some horrible mistakes but I consider it more of a stumble not a fall. Nursing is my calling, I just have to decide what area I can best help people in.

    Michaela

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