I'm usually excellentat controlling my symptoms up until this time of the year. It's very strange b/c I was diagnosed with BP2 almost 1 yr ago so I don't have the hang of it yet. My financial resources are VERY limited so after I went off meds in June, I haven't been back on them. I usually do fine, however...it seems as though when the clocks are set back, I go on crazy mood swings. Last Thanksgiving, b4 I was diagnosed is eerily like this one with me sleeping through EVERYTHING b/c I'm sooo tired and/or depressed and then the next day, I'm like
people and I love working with people. I understand that there are stressors in Nursing however I have always wanted to go into either Psychiatric or Public Health Nursing b/c I want to help ppl with little to no income or those who are stigmatized due to their mental health status. My aunt is a nurse and I have always admired witnessing her dedication to her patients over the years. I'm doing very well in my classes, except for this little BP2 thing. I'm afraid, however, that I'm not fit to do so. I love my classes but I'm afraid to disclose to my profs ab my condition in that they may not believe me. I don't come off as bipolar...just reallllly quiet. They've all said that I'm extremely quiet, which I am, but it's b/c I suffer greatly on the inside.
Without any money and difficulty finding work, probs at home (if I were under 18, I'd be removed for child abuse)... and school...my stress level is HIGH. I know I can do it if I can just get a little help but...should I reconsider this profession? I've read the threads on nurses with BP who are either doing fine or have taken time off. Is it unrealistic to think that with regular counseling and meds, I too can handle the stresses of this demanding yet amazing profession?????????