A few questions... will my diagnoses and diagnostic labels be hindrances in my becoming a nurse?
1) Recently I was in a psychiatric day program, and was diagnosed with a number of mental illnesses... depression and anxiety mostly.
I am also diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, which most people wonder if I even have... if I do, I function pretty close to normal. I can do regular work, get along with people, multitask, am able to empathize, have a romantic partner, have a normal (and very active) social life, etc. I get very passionate about one interest (my interest is medicine and diseases) but I wasn't aware that was a disability. I get most depressed when I can't pursue my interest. I have always felt "different", but it doesn't get in my way. I have been in therapy but have never had 5150s or been in a mental hospital.
2) Now I am diagnosed with Graves' Disease, a thyroid condition, which the doctors think is probably the reason for my "mental problems". I just started medication for this and am going to have Radioactive Iodine Ablation then take a thyroid supplement the rest of my life.
I don't think I will have difficulty functioning as a nurse, and none of my friends or relatives think so either. The thing is, will the labels I have stop me?