I have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and on effexor 75mg BID. I have never been hospitalized, though I think I could of benefitted from it a couple times. I think I can empathize well with patients and place my self in their shoes a little easier than nurses who do not have psych issues. In fact, I think this why I was drawn to psych as a specialty.
I do and it is tricky (as with many other illnesses, both physical and mental). A few months ago, I needed to take a month-long emergency leave and change of shift related to a night shift emotional exacerbation. Circadian rhythms are seriously no joke! It was approved medical leave and by means of the ADA, day shift is a reasonable accommodation for me. I have to take extra good care of myself. I rarely work overtime and never work shifts longer than 12 hours (others might see this as a lack of teamwork). I have always maintained high grades and dependable work ethic. I am even applying to start a psych DNP program. Weathering the inevitable seasonal mood swings (mitigated with meds but still present) and coping with a lower threshold for stress is definitely a challenge. Discrimination is still rampant and I sometimes feel like I carry a deep dark secret.
I've never been hospitalized and have been able to work thru a lot, but if I was hospitalized, I would feel better knowing the staff knows what I was going thru, just like I'd feel better having a nurse who has had a total hip or something taking care of me on an ortho floor.