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Was famed nurse Nightingale bipolar? - page 4

This article is from: May. 02, 2003 but still thought it was worthy of posting for discussion: Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing who said God called her to her work, "heard... Read More

  1. Visit  CHATSDALE profile page
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    A Md Giving A Presentation To A Group Of Our Nursing Class Stated That When A Patient Tells Him That God Talks To Him He Would First Determine What Faith The Pt Has A Catholic Or Episcopalian Would Be "have To Be Crazy" To Hear God Talk While A Pentecostal Or Charismatic Would Find It To Be A Normal Part Of Thier Religious Life So Don't Determine Dx On A Single Aspect Which Can T Be Detgermined To Be Factual
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    [font=Georgia]I don't know about u but, I would love for God to talk to me. As far as mental illness, I think it is like any other disease/disorder however, when our "minds" are being affected who knows what is going on and why the neurotransmitters are unbalanced.....Maybe it is something like another "dimension" that we don't understand or something more is trying to happen in a way that society could not possibly understand. I think everyone has some kind of disorder, I find nothing "abnormal" about someone having something like bipolar or schizophrenia, I think it is alot "deeper" then we all know. I don't ever discredit for mental illness....We are ALL EQUAL. :angel2:
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    If you want to amuse yourself, pick up a copy of the APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 4 .

    Because mental health is a continuum, not unlike physical health, anyone can end up with an axis I, II, III, and IV diagnosis. It is because we are all individuals and fall at all sorts of places along that continuum.

    Bipolar? Who knows? "Cyclothymic personality?" Maybe. All of us have a personality type.

    I think Sigmund described mental health best when he defined it as the "ability to love and the ability to work."

    And much of this goes to show what I've always maintained: If medicine was at the same stage of psychiatry, we would still be bleeding patients with lancets, cauterizing wounds with boiling pitch, and administering ether via the open-drop cone for anesthesia. But since this society views deviation from "normalcy" as a moral failing, it surprises me that psychiatry has come even this far.

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    Quote from nightmoves
    If you want to amuse yourself, pick up a copy of the APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 4 .

    Because mental health is a continuum, not unlike physical health, anyone can end up with an axis I, II, III, and IV diagnosis. It is because we are all individuals and fall at all sorts of places along that continuum.

    Bipolar? Who knows? "Cyclothymic personality?" Maybe. All of us have a personality type.

    I think Sigmund described mental health best when he defined it as the "ability to love and the ability to work."

    And much of this goes to show what I've always maintained: If medicine was at the same stage of psychiatry, we would still be bleeding patients with lancets, cauterizing wounds with boiling pitch, and administering ether via the open-drop cone for anesthesia. But since this society views deviation from "normalcy" as a moral failing, it surprises me that psychiatry has come even this far.

    nicely stated for the record
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    There Is Something About Being "mentally Ill" That Causes A Fear In Us All ----- We Can Accept A Broken Leg Or A Clogged Up Heart But The Fear Of Losing Control Terrifies Us And We Cannot Accept It In Others
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    I've seen that article before, and it is ridiculous. How does anyone know what Florence Nightingale suffered from? The woman died in 1910!

    As someone who has done a bit of research about Nightingale, I can say that she had every reason to be depressed in her youth. Here was a brilliant young woman, a mathematical genius, who had no outlet, no prospect of any career, no prospect of anything beyond embroidery, parties, finding the right man, and being a proper society lady. She wanted to do something worthwhile, felt called to make her mark on the world, yet she was completely stifled by a rigid society. Is there any wonder that she fell into a deep depression?

    And as far as the voices, how many of us have felt prompted to do something? How many great people have stated that they felt led to do whatever it was--Mother Theresa, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Joan of Arc, Susan B. Anthony, Jane Adams, Winston Churchhill--were they also all bipolar?

    Nightingale was ill when she returned from the crimea, and doctors have speculated that she had contracted brucellolsis, which was responsible for her becoming a semi-invalid during the last 50 years of her life. She may also have suffered from post-traumatic syndrome. When she had periods where she was feeling better, Nightingale worked very hard--probably because she knew that it wouldn't last. Her illness apparently waxed and waned. I hardly think that she was going through a manic phase, and then a depressive phase.

    I think people who put out papers like this really need to get a life. It's obvious they don't get out much.

    We do know VERY MUCH about this lady Miss Nightingale! Its enormesly documentation; books and letters from the lady herself, and from others,- even she died in 1910!!! As far as I know its about 24000 letters - and I would say its remarkably amaunt of documentation!!!

    She actually wrote in her letters that she was depressed, and her thoughts and mind was repeating over and over again, this "WHY?"-question. I will say that you might see her period before the Crimian war as a manic phase,- with ups and downs included also here. Until she "choosed" to stay in bed from the age of 40..She also get addicted to painkillers- "Morphin-sulfat", and this is documented by her privat doctor. Maybe this was the only way keeping her alive and relieved her from all pain she got thrue during the war.The last "theory" is my own thougts about a lady who has to had some scares in her soul that hurted painly. Some way to cover a pain, is to use a painkiller, even it is the mind whos hurting....


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