As mentioned in one of my earlier posts I don't personally suffer with this problem outside of the occasional warranted bouts of depression with my severe case of plantar fasciitis. I can contribute to this site though. My mother was diagnosed as bipolar a very long time ago when I started my career in nursing. Nurse co-workers can be brutal. I base that on 30 years of nursing experience in hospitals. I remember one of my co-workers in ICU making a comment about a patient who had overdosed. She stated they should be given a kick in the ass. I couldn't believe her remark as at that time my mother was on the psychiatric ward being treated for depression. I wondered how this nurse made it through nursing school. However I am a firm believer of "what goes around comes around". I suffer from a severe recalcitrant form of plantar fasciitis thanks to thirty years of nursing and being run off of my feet, missing breaks, pt. overloads, heavy lifting. Rhis has incapacitated me for awhile now. There were nurse co-workers who I know looked at me like oh it's just plantar fasciitis its so common. Little did they understand that 5 % os us get it so bad and it brings with it severe debilitation. So this stigma just doesn't go with mental illness. It pertains to other illnesses as well. I commend those that suffer with depression anxiety etc. that have pursued a career in nursing. Good for you. Keep up the good work. Of all nurses I believe you would make great psych nurses as you could certainly empathesize with the patients suffering, that is of course, if psychiatry is something you are interested in. Maybe you can help to alleviate the ridiculous stigma that is still atached to mental disorders.