Can bipolar disorder get in the way of recieving lnursing licensure? - page 3
Here is the story. When I was 17 I took myself to the hospital because I was suicidal. The same thing happened when I was 19 for the same reasons. A few months later I was diagnosed with Bipolar... Read More
Nov 2, '08Joined: Nov '08; Posts: 2; Likes: 8I'm in medical school with bipolar. The dean's office knows because I got sick while at school and had to be hospitalized. If I get sick again, it's curtains for me and my medical career but I do not believe this will happen again.
I'm stable on medication and I will someday have a medical license. :-)Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Nov 4, '08 : Reason: pm to member
Dec 21, '08Joined: Dec '08; Posts: 46; Likes: 18Thank you for this thread. I am having a hard time dealing with a 10 year old diagnosis of bipolar type 2 that hadn't affected me in 5 years. This year proved to be very difficult with some depressive episodes, and after 3 years being medication-free, I started taking wellbutrin again this past march. Just added lexapro 2 weeks ago. Currently too proud to take a mood stabilizer, and have had no highs in a very long time. I always felt i was misdiagnosed, and just have depression. I'm not sure it matters (once bipolar, always bipolar...)
I feel like I finally have direction and focus (currently applying to nursing school). The wonderful care I received from nurses during hospitalizations in the early 2000s inspired me to give back. I have been extremely successful with my classes this past year despite the few bumps in the road. I love what I am learning and I look forward to nursing school.
Thank you all for continuing to inspire. I will take a second look at myself and put my health ahead of my pride.
Mar 8, '09Joined: May '08; Posts: 24; Likes: 6Yikes! I was hospitalized in 1999 and have a diagnosis of "rapid cycling bipolar I," so this is well documented in my medical records. I never told anyone through school or licensing or hiring, and it never came up. I feel like my records are confidential for a reason. On the pre-employment drug screen, typical meds tested for include benzos and TCA's. I am under the impression that you just provide documentation of an RX and it is no big deal.
Aug 13, '09Joined: Aug '09; Posts: 3Hi,
This is my first time posting anything about my disease probably because i have not wanted to admit it. I was just diagnosed in May for having a complete mental break down at work. I just received my RN license in Feb. 2009 and started working as a New Grad i was feeling very stressed out but i started blacking out and not remembering what i was doing. I went to my manager about what i was going through and she said it was just stress and I would get through it. Well i went to my primary doctor immediately after work and was put on anti anxiety meds. Well 2 weeks later i was admitted to the hospital and was put on a 5150. I was let go from my position because they said they dont have the extra money to train me more. (I didnt need anymore training i just needed a small break). My point is that i should of never let my manager know what i was going through and just called in sick.