Thank you @hppygr8ful. That dream you mentioned sounds like dreams I’ve had. I used to always have dreams about being chased, pretty much my entire life, but it got better recently. I am well connected to a recovery community, I volunteer, and my recovery is not on shaky ground thankfully. This post was primarily about what the BON and this profession do to make us feel so much like damaged goods. And their punitive behavior rubs off on jobs and the entire profession and here we are in one of the most caring and trusted professions feel unseen, unheard, afraid, etc. I also appreciated your post on the anorexia thread. I don’t struggle with an eating disorder but I appreciated what you said about mental health and ACE’s there.
@TheMoonisMyLantern I have a dual diagnosis, so I completely hear you. Now whenever I have a bad day I get to be asked if I “took my meds” (cuz, you know, that scary scary bipolar and PTSD), or whether I spoke to my recovery community. Gone are the days when I could just have a bad day or feel sad about the state of things in my life and/or the world and it be seen for what it is. Thank you for writing what you did. I know your patients must benefit from your experience with mental illness and I hope when I get licensed mine will too. It really enables us to care on a whole deeper level, and help them in ways that we otherwise couldn’t if we hadn’t helped ourselves through what we have.