How Nurses Can Combat Mental Health Issues

 In Nurses Weekly

Several mental health issues can affect nurses. Some of the most common mental health issues include:

  •  anxiety,
  • depression,
  • bipolar disorder, and
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Additionally, nurses are at a higher risk for developing other mental health issues such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and panic disorder.

How does Anxiety affect nurses?

Nurses are at a higher risk for developing anxiety because of the stressful and demanding work environment. Additionally, nurses are often called on to provide care for critically ill patients. This can lead to feelings of anxiety and stress.

How does Depression affect nurses?

Nurses are at a higher risk for developing depression due to the emotional stress that is common in the nursing profession. Additionally, nurses may be exposed to traumatic events while working as a nurse. This can lead to feelings of sadness and despair.

How does Bipolar disorder affect nurses?

Bipolar disorder is a relatively new diagnosis. It is estimated that 1-2% of nurses are diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a condition that involves episodes of mania and depression.

Post-traumatic stress disorder in nursing

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can develop after someone experiences a traumatic event. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can include nightmares, flashbacks, and feelings of fear and anxiety.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder in nurses is a relatively new diagnosis. It is estimated that 1-2% of nurses are diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Obsessive-compulsive disorder involves recurrent thoughts or behaviors that are senseless or intrusive. These thoughts or behaviors can cause significant distress for the nurse.

What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Mental Health Issues?

The symptoms of mental health issues can vary from person to person. However, some common symptoms include:

  • feeling restless or agitated
  • having trouble sleeping
  • feeling irritable or angry
  • experiencing changes in appetite or weight
  • having problems concentrating or making decisions
  • Having thoughts about suicide or death

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to talk to your doctor about them. The sooner you seek help, the better chance you have of recovering from your mental health issue.

What Can Nurses Do To Combat Mental Health Issues?

There is no one answer to this question. However, there are some things that nurses can do to combat mental health issues. First and foremost, nurses should talk about their mental health problems with their healthcare providers. This will help healthcare providers understand how the nurse is feeling and what can be done to support them. Additionally, nurses should seek out professional help if they are experiencing significant mental health issues. Professional help can include therapy, medication, or a combination of both.

Finally, nurses should maintain positive outlooks and be supportive of others who are struggling with mental health issues. This will help to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues and encourage others to seek help if they are struggling.

What Should Nurses Do If They Are Experiencing Mental Health Problems?

If you are experiencing mental health problems, there are a few things that you should do. First, you should talk to your healthcare provider about what can be done to support you. Additionally, if you are feeling suicidal or have any concerns about your safety, please seek professional help. Finally, if you experience chronic pain or have other medical conditions that may be exacerbating your mental health issues, please speak with your healthcare provider about possible treatments or therapies.


Nurses are not immune to mental health problems. However, there are ways that they can combat these issues. It is important for nurses who are experiencing mental health problems to seek help.

(This story originally appeared on Enroll.)

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