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Giving a presentation. Looking for your views.

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Hi I'm new. I'm a student Nurse who also happens to be bipolar. We are doing our mental health week at uni this week and at the end of the week we do a presentation. The other students at uni don't know I'm bipolar but when we were deciding who was doing what bit of the presentation I was asked to look into how people with mental illness are affected by stigma and discrimination. I don't think I'm ready to come out to the other students but I do feel a responsibility to tell all these future Nurses about the discrimination people face so I'm going to use my own experience but I also want to know how discrimination and stigma affects you guys and what experiences you have had so I can share them with my class mates. Would really appreciate it. Thanks
 
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OMG.......where do we start?
Try www.borderlinepersonalitytoday.com

When I was about to be discharged after 29 weeks in hospital and having lost my flat, five separate workers told me five separate things about my future accommodation. At the end of two hours I left the ward in a dissociated state because I was so stressed. This was later labelled as 'manipulative'.

When I had my first interview at CMHT after discharge I was seen by not one but two cpn's 'because people with BPD can be violent'. I have never been violent. This is seeing the condition rather than me as a person!

When I asked what treatment was available I was told DBT was not currently available, but that I could attend a Mind over Mood group instead. This is like turning up at A&E with a broken leg and being told "we have no plaster for a cast but we can treat you for meningitis, is that okay"? If it happened to people with physical illnesses that are as prevalent as BPD is, there would be a national outcry!

This is just a start.
 
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goodness knows!
Lets put it this way...I no longer admit to having BPD to hospital staff because of the 'attitude'
displayed by them on previous occaisions...I have 'wisened up'.

Self harm can be met with very negative views too...it becomes a 'secret'.

I find because I have a PD, I am left to get on with it rather than recieve appropriate support.

This is just the tip of the iceberg so to speak.

Good luck!

qf.
 
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Hi, I was due to start University this September just gone to do my Mental Health Nursing Degree, I withdrew my place on the Friday as I was due to start on the Monday – passed the OH, had my Bursary in place, my DSA everything but I had uncertainties I was doing the right thing. Plus in August I experienced a Manic Episode whilst on Holiday which was partially triggered by falling out of my routine when I finished my Access Course at college in June / July and I lost my sleep patterns (routine is so important to me and so is sleep!).

I was under the CT for some weeks and everyone in the professional capacity kept telling me how getting started at university would be good for me as getting into a routine would stabilise things etc... But no one noticed that I was unsure I was doing the right thing, and going into Nursing was making me unhappy. The whole stigma about having a Mental Health issue and studying to become a Mental Health Nurse never bothered me because my condition was revealed fully to my tutors when Access Summit drew up my Student Support Plan which when to the University and my Tutors. I long since got over the stigma of having a mental illness, I use too years ago when I was working, but now I don’t.

Sadly being under the CT didn’t help much and in the end I admitted myself to hospital where I spent almost two weeks after one overdose and still having suicidal thoughts. I came out last week, the hardest thing was seeing other student nurses on the ward, that is where I felt the stigma, knowing they would be in shift change over’s and be aware I was THE failed student mental health nurse and have access to my records and things the crisis team had written up recently in my notes on ISIS. Even worse was working out a female bank HCA was a first year Mental Health Nurse and we would have been in the same tutor group if I’d started in September, made me feel somewhat of a failure... it was the first time I felt the stigma in a long time to my own Mental Health Condition...

I did a presentation on BPD when I was solely DX with it when I was at college last October with three other girls. This was before the DX of Bipolar II was added. I admitted to the other girls I had BPD, hence why I choose to do BPD for the Psychology MH PowerPoint Presentation. I was treated differently and bullied for many months by certain girls in college because of my DX, I say girls but these were in fact women in their late 30’s who were going on to have careers in Occupational Therapy! There taunts in fact made me depressed and I retreated to taking Valium for six weeks because I didn’t report them, but in the end I did report their behaviour and stood up to them, but how they behaved around me did leave lasting scars I think.
 
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