Online forums/support specific to health care professionals/students with major mental health diagnoses/problems?
July 26, 2012 4:41 PM Subscribe
Are there online forums/communities for support for medical professionals/students with serious mental health diagnoses?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (2 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Everything I find is non-specific at best.
I'm a student right now, working an excruciating schedule. Recently had a near-meltdown, my psychiatrist wanted me to talk to the school about getting accommodations, but the idea of disclosing anything makes me want to shrivel up and die. I'm in a brutally small program, and I see absolutely nothing good coming out of it. This has really made me realized that any kind of peer support would be great.
I was diagnosed with bipolar type I several years ago after a pretty intense episode. Been medicated on and off since then, on for a long time now with pretty good results. I wish there was, say, a forum or something or a community blog. I know (intellectually) there are other people in the same boat, floundering around and trying not to fall out.
There is nothing local to where I'm at, in terms of in-person support, and it'd be great to find something specific (medical and/or nursing, especially students). As far as online things I've found for students, they seem to all skew to 40+ year olds or undergrads. As a grad student in their mid 20's, particularly in the health care field, I don't feel particularly in the right place with either.
Specific to medical professionals/students would be great, because that's my environment. Also, just support in coping with the attitudes and norms in the medical field (eg, working 24+ hour shifts as normal) and how to negotiate staying healthy/well-functioning within that. How people do intensive studying when their head isn't always cooperating? Or if people ever choose to disclose health issues to their employer, or boss, or faculty, etc. How people negotiate getting health provider licensure, whether or not they disclose on those forms, etc.
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