Honestly, I do really feel like some people just have a mental health status that is too fragile for the field of nursing. Yes you can work on it, go to therapy, try drugs...but in the end the stress of the field might still be too much. Or you have to work only PRN. I find that I can skate along OK but once something else enters in...for example marital stress, health issues, kid problems, etc...I start to have a tough time once again. It doesn't take much. I really feel for everyone in this thread, very real issues. Sometimes you do have to choose your mental health over a job. And you know what? That's OK. Maybe you are not hardwired to take it all on! Maybe your history of trauma hinders you here, who knows! I think coming to the realization of what does and does not overwhelm you is key. I understand not wanting to take drugs just to thrive in a specific career. Psych drugs suck!