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Nursing Student Worried About Being Mentally Ill

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I am a nursing student who recently completed a module in mental health. After learning about quite a few disorders, i’ve convinced myself that there is something seriously wrong with my mind. I don’t know whether or not this is typical, but i would like to find out. sorry if this is a stupid inquiry and thank you for your time!

Nursing Student Worried About Being Mentally Ill

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Your inquiry is not “stupid.” It is a common question. Some people take a course in psychology and begin to believe they are suffering from a mental illness.

You did not mention what specifically led you to believe that you might have a mental health disorder. If you would have included that information I may have been able to help you determine whether or not you have something to be concerned about.

As I mentioned above, it is very normal for people to believe there is something wrong with them after hearing descriptions of mental health disorders. You may not have a mental illness. Your reaction may be related to fear. You may be overreacting. For many people that is the case.

The only way to know with certainty if you have a diagnosable mental health disorder is to be evaluated by a mental health professional. If you are experiencing psychological symptoms that are negatively impacting your life, then I would advise you to schedule a psychiatric evaluation. Being evaluated may make you feel better. If you have no symptoms then you likely have nothing to be concerned about. If you have follow-up questions please don’t hesitate to write. Please take care.

Nursing Student Worried About Being Mentally Ill

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and Assistant Professor of Social Work and Forensics with extensive experience in the field of mental health. She works in private practice with adults, adolescents and families. Kristina has worked in a large array of settings including community mental health, college counseling and university research centers.

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Randle, K. (2018). Nursing Student Worried About Being Mentally Ill. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 18, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2010/02/16/nursing-student-worried-about-being-mentally-ill/
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