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My psychosis helped me as a psychiatric nurse

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psychosis. As a result I have, at times, been in the unusual position of being employed by the trust where I have been an inpatient.“The situation wasn’t only unusual for me but also the professionals who have known me.”When I started I worried about it, and wondered if it would hold me back.

Five years on, I have discovered that on the whole my lived experience has helped rather than hindered me.The situation wasn’t only unusual for me but also the professionals who have known me – both colleagues in my work team and my care team.I didn’t start off sharing my own mental health at work.

Despite my working environment, I still felt there was a stigma attached to it, reinforced by some reactions from colleagues about “not needing to know”.

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