One in Five

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    That's the number of Americans said to be living with one or more mental illnesses, according to some statistics. Of course, that's just the number who have an actual diagnosis, or who admit to having some sort of psychological distress; if one were to factor in everybody who is undiagnosed or in denial, the number would probably rise to one in four or even one in three.

    As we all know, nurses are not any less prone to the development of these maladies, as a large segment of our cohort suffers from depression, anxiety, and other mood/personality disorders. Here at AN, there is an open dialogue between members about this topic, which flowered in the days following the Newtown, CT school shootings and continues to be a lively discussion in several threads today. And what that dialogue is showing is that nurses reflect societal trends, in this as well as in other aspects of life, and that we are becoming more willing to admit to our own problems even in the face of the stigma that still exists in our culture.

    A growing number of AN members have stepped forward with their stories; now it would be interesting to see the breakdown of which of the more common disorders affects the most people. This poll is NOT scientific, nor will any member's anonymity be compromised by checking a box. You can add your own experiences if you choose; but don't feel obligated to share if you don't wish to.
    Last edit by VivaLasViejas on Feb 10, '13 : Reason: messed up poll
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  2. Poll: Have you been diagnosed with any of the following? Check all that apply.

    • Major Depressive Disorder

      37.84% 14
    • Anxiety

      48.65% 18
    • Bipolar Disorder I/II/NOS

      21.62% 8
    • Schizophrenia

      5.41% 2
    • Borderline Personality Disorder

      8.11% 3
    • Eating Disorders

      13.51% 5
    • Other

      24.32% 9
    37 Votes / Multiple Choice
  3. 21 Comments...

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    Being crazy makes me a better person!!!!!
    lawandaluxnurse, poppycat, LTCNS, and 1 other like this.
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    I'm curious if the poll is an attempt to correlate the "1 in 5" statistic ... because there is no poll option for "none".
    sharpeimom, PMFB-RN, Hygiene Queen, and 5 others like this.
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    You make a good point there, Altra. Didn't think about it when I was creating this poll at 2330 last night. Which, of course, I shouldn't have been doing......sleep hygiene being so important to staying sane!
    poppycat likes this.
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    Just PPD here. I am on happy pills, and can't wait to get off of them! But, my NP and I decided it was best to wait till my famly was whole again. 4 more months!
    VivaLasViejas likes this.
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    Oh, please don't ever think it's "just" PPD. ((((SunshineDaisy)))) Like many women, I went through it, but I went through it five times, and it got worse with each successive birth until the last. That episode turned into postpartum psychosis. Fortunately, that is extremely rare, and of course most women don't have five kids either.


    Thank God we can talk about this now....back then, it was something shameful and secret. I never even told my own husband until about five years ago. But I carried the guilt of it for a long, long time.
    poppycat likes this.
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    Substance abuse is another big one that affects posters here.
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    'Tis true. Even though I'm an alcoholic with 21 years' sobriety, I've never really seen substance abuse as a mental illness. But of course it is.....it originates in the brain. And NOBODY chooses to have it.
    poppycat and mariebailey like this.
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    ^you could equally make the argument that personality disorders aren't truly a mental illness, either. And EDs get lumped in with substance abuse all the time.
    VivaLasViejas likes this.
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    Also good points. Wonder if the so-called experts in human psychology ever sit around and debate that one? I'd like to be a fly on the wall during that discussion.....
    elprup likes this.


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