My Reaction to “A Glimmering Gloom”
Emily Anzek
Neosho County Community College

irritability. her and her nursing team were caring for around 4. an inability to concentrate. weakness. While caring for the troops. Florence claimed that God spoke to her and told her to help. earache. and engage in risk-taking behaviors. Florence Nightingale is a key-factor in how medicine works today. be easily distracted. problems with concentrating. Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme changes in mood. she witnessed the deaths of more than 3. but she might have been afflicted with a mental illness that many people suffer from today. dysentery. After a month of Florence’s arrival. As a child.MY REACTION 2 It is known that Florence Nightingale was the founder of modern medicine.000 troops. laryngitis. . she had frequent respiratory infections and wore braces on her ankles. “A Glimmering Gloom” looks into many factors retrospectively and determines that Florence suffered from bipolar disorder. restlessness. she decided to became a nurse. be impulsive. Florence contracted her own illness that lasted for months. fatigue. On the other hand. There were many problems other than battle wounds that they needed treatment. She complained of intense fever. At one time. and suicide ideations. going from depression to mania. After that. Some symptoms of a depressive episode include fatigue. Right before her 17th birthday. need little to no sleep.000 soldiers. insomnia. a person who is in a manic episode may speak very fast with disorganized thoughts.

“Headache. When Florence was 37. but unless there is other physical proof I find it difficult to believe hearsay. If she had lasting pain from the disease. and depression. I feel like it is acceptable to use Florence Nightingale’s diary. At 41. depression. her symptoms improved remarkably. neurologic deficit. nuchal rigidity. she collapsed from palpitations. 2014). coma. Also. I’m unsure of where I stand with this article. she had three episodes similar to her original illness except for the addition of tremors. insomnia. I can imagine that she would be depressed. what is known about mental illness and healthcare now. . Miss Nightingale typically complained of headaches. irritability. In patients with advanced disease who have meningoencephalitis. I find it difficult to diagnosis a person’s psychosis after they have passed away. she had measles. nervousness. At 33. depression and fatigue are the most frequently reported neuropsychiatric symptoms. Florence also contracted brucellosis which can have neuropsychiatric symptoms. and spinal pain. Once Florence was 68. nausea. we assess each and every patient for their own psychosis by closely observing them. Her symptoms look very much like bipolar disorder as she had episodes of depression and mania until her 60’s. was not known in the 1800’s.MY REACTION 3 anorexia. or seizures” (Al-Nassir. Therefore. So I find it difficult to place Nightingale’s symptoms solely on bipolar disorder. worthlessness. I do find many things interesting when it comes to Miss Nightingale’s life but I find it difficult to gain much insight on a definite diagnosis. these complaints may include changes in mental status. Now.

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