are you on anti-depressants? - page 3

With nursing being such a high-stress career, and the constant problems with understaffing, overworking and being underpaid... did this drive you to start taking some type of anti-depressant? I know... Read More

  1. by   nursenoelle
    I was diagnosed w/ clinical depression as a teenager, and have been fighting with it for eight years now. Wellbutrin has made a huge impact on my life. I fill my script if I feel myself losing control, which is not often, maybe twice a year. Sounds stupid, but that makes me feel that I have more "control" over the disease. I have had years of therapy due to traumatic childhood experiences. Usually I can control it by recognizing onset, and using techniques learned in therapy. It is so difficult to explain to someone who has not experienced severe clinical depression. It is such a profound sadness. You cannot snap out of it, you want to stop it, but it won't go away. Sad and angry, for no good reason. I have talked to other nurses who I feel, abuse antidepressants. It is not a quick fix. It , IMO is waaayy over prescribed. I think counseling, or at least a consult with a mental health professional should be done first.
  2. by   AHarri66
    Originally posted by sbic56
    AHarri66

    I enjoyed your post. I don't think your explanation of how the paxil worked for you sounds odd at all. You used it as a tool in conjunction with some really constructive therapy. The extra work you put in sounds like it paid off. Congrats!
    Thanks! :imbar
  3. by   sbic56
    nursenoelle

    You have good insight into your disease, which is important when you suffer from depression. It is such a broad diagnosis and even though that overwhelming sadness is the main symptom, as you point out, the treatment is very individualized and often should include antidepressants, but that is not the end all.

    I like this thread. Being one who also suffers from depression, I find this discussion, in itself, therapeutic.
  4. by   nursenoelle
    sbic- Thanks, it has been a wild ride. I agree also about this thread being therapeutic. It is nice to be able to have a civil conversation on contraversial topic . Mental illness is so misundertood.

    Aharri66- very cool post.
  5. by   ktwlpn
    Originally posted by mario_ragucci
    My self won't allow me to take an anti-depressant, and basically am afraid too. I'm afraid they would change me in some mentally unforseen way. I'm a 38yo, male, always single.

    It is with shame I admit to not understanding SSRI and dopamine the way perhaps I wish I could. Also, I am not holier than thou because i've drank and partied with the best of them. Sometimes i want to take to experience what it is like, but I understand it takes weeks for the drug to tke effect.

    SSRIs and MAOIs are to brain and mood as viagra is to sex? It don't work that way. BTW - I politically question any entity that will profit monitarilly from my depressions as some Amerians are. Monkey-business.

    Sometimes I think the unknown folks who take them are mad at me because of my undepresion. Usually I draw fire for most of my opinions on depression, and I'm sorry.
    Depression changes us all in "some mentally unforseen way" The meds help bring us back to a semblance of normalcy..Taking a prescribed med like an anti-depressant should not be compared to,say-partying with a hit of Exstacy(spell check) Viagra is almost a vanity drug-not getting it up won't kill a man-but depression CAN kill ....I certainly do envy anyone whom is free of the stigma and suffering of chronic depression-like a cancer pt envies the healthy guy down the street....Truthfully-the reason why you "draw fire" for your "opinions on depression" is because your opinions are based upon misinformation,prejudice and plain ignorance....If anyone else has any doubts about THAT look up the "depression" thread for a FUN read...I can't be any more blunt and stay within the TOS..FYI---.sometimes it is better to keep your mouth shut and keep everyone guessing then to open your mouth and let everyone KNOW your are a dumbazz....
    Last edit by ktwlpn on Jun 24, '03
  6. by   MishlB
    I hate the comments about feeling high...all I can say is I feel normal with my Zoloft, and without it....look out!!!!!!!!!
  7. by   allways_garnet
    Interesting posts, having now read the whole thread I think I can safely admit to being on SSRI's. Taking the results of the poll as a good indicator, I wonder how many budding research nurses out there could manage to run a little proggie on why we need them so badly, and if it is a problem Nursing as a Profession should be addressing Unfortunately I am one of those individuals who have been on SSRI's since their inception, and my life stops without them. I have been nursing for over 23yrs, I don't believe the use of these drugs is relevant to my career though, I have other issues.
  8. by   Mira
    Never taken anti-depressant in my 10 years as a nurse.I don`t want anything controlling my life except me.
    I think factors that makes the one use or abuse these drugs aside from its real use are accessiblity(2out of my 3 friends who work in a medical ward takes anti-depressant or sleeping pills,one out of 10 colleagues in the OR or NICU takes it),and personality-my husband does not understand why my younger sister is on it,I was trying to explain to him that her coping mechanism is not as good,she is not used to blows in her life and it is her only scape goat. Sometimes you need to listen to your body,before-I was feeling worn-out already at the start of the shift then I finally realise I was experiencing sleep apnea so I made sure that dinner time is one hour before bed-time,I tried to loose a bit of weight as well.Sometimes,I feel my jaw is heavy and I cannot talk or smile or I don`t want to move,I`m sure if I go to the doctor they will immediately diagnosed me as depressed,but I believe this will happen once in a while as you go along the stages of life,I have never heared of anyone who did not have a problem in their lifetime,sometimes you feel it`s a deja vu but you need to face it,adjust to it if not solve it.easier said than done but that`s life.
  9. by   blue280
    Mira, when one is depressed, they are not able to usr their coping mechanisms I fought my MD's advice and my counselor's advice for 5 years. I thought if I was a strong enough person, I could kick this sadness. I had good freinds, a good job and 2 lovely children. I just didn't know why I felt so sad and worthless. The people closest to me always told me how reliable and dependable I was. I felt like I was living a lie. I finally started taking Paxil after I "lost it" at work one day and it really helped me to become more productive at therapy and to start seeing that I was taking on too much responsibility. It helped me use my coping mechanisms better. Granted, everyone had problems and evetyone copes in different ways. Sometimes people have to use medication so they can learn to use their coping skills better
  10. by   AHarri66
    Originally posted by DARN MOM 128
    Mira, when one is depressed, they are not able to usr their coping mechanisms I fought my MD's advice and my counselor's advice for 5 years. I thought if I was a strong enough person, I could kick this sadness. I had good freinds, a good job and 2 lovely children. I just didn't know why I felt so sad and worthless. The people closest to me always told me how reliable and dependable I was. I felt like I was living a lie. I finally started taking Paxil after I "lost it" at work one day and it really helped me to become more productive at therapy and to start seeing that I was taking on too much responsibility. It helped me use my coping mechanisms better. Granted, everyone had problems and evetyone copes in different ways. Sometimes people have to use medication so they can learn to use their coping skills better
    Well said, DarnMom!

    <---- Me pre-Paxil

    <---- Me post-Paxil

  11. by   VickyRN
    Does chocolate count? Seems like whenever I'm stressed or need a lift I head for the kisses, hershey bars with almonds, cafe au lait brownies, did I mention BROWNIES WITH PECANS????
    Otherwise, no.
  12. by   JnJTyson
    After scanning through some of the posts...a few comments made me think....

    Someone said "I take it when I start feeling out of control"
    OK...but don't most of the anti-depressants (Wellbutrin for one) need time to take effect? If I recall correctly (please correct me if I'm wrong) it can take up to 6 weeks for it to be working to its full potential....

    I am on Wellbutrin, been on it for a VERY long time. I've battled mild bi-polar disorder since high school. I do not have any of the symptoms that you see in the movies or on TV. Yes, the symptoms of a manic episode can be damaging...but not in the way a lot of people see it. The only long term result of my manic stage is debt. Through college I was unmedicated. I'm a compulsive spender when in the stage. Cars, clothes, shoes..don't need em...can't afford em, but bought em anyway!

    But my biggest problem was depression. I slept through high-school.

    But, through therapy, I'm off my anti-manic meds. I still have my emergency pills of course. But I have worked many years to learn to deal with the thoughts, and feelings that go along with manic/depression.

    My illness has NEVER made a problem with my work as a CNA/HHA nor has it caused any problems with LPN school. This is my career choice, it is my dream job...and I wont let anything geti n the way of it.

    But as far as depression goes...be careful folks. Depression is a nasty illness. May it be short-term, or long-term....medication is not for everyone...but just because you can battle your depression with a work-out doesn't make your depression something that should be looked at. I do not agree with the pill-popping generation of kids out there....but when I see my cousin who is begging his mom to give him his pills so he can have friends and be normal..it makes you wonder what has happend to society. My cousin has a form of autism. His mom won't medicate him...doesn't think he needs it... my cousin begs her daily to take him to the doctor and get medication...kinda interesting isn't it? The kid on ritilin that doesn't need it...and the kid who needs pills doesn't get em.....

    Ok..I'm done! =0)
  13. by   nursenoelle
    I think I said that about wellbutrin in your first paragraph, JnJTyson. It takes about 2 weeks to obtain optimum blood levels. I can tell a difference sooner than that, but that may be totally psychological. It takes about six to leave your system, if you plan on switching meds, etc. I have tried taking it for long periods, and I did not like it. I hate pills. It is a last resort in my case. I do not use it as an emrgency med, like say xanax or something. It don't work like that.
    Last edit by nursenoelle on Jul 3, '03

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