Perspective: Depression from One Side of the Bed to the Other - page 2

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As I have progressed in my career as a nurse I discovered a passion. Stress management. Stress management touches all aspects of our lives with increasing urgency. As we move forward each day we are expected to manage more,... Read More


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    Quote from lovingtheunloved
    I've had to overcome the fear of what others will think and ask for help when I need it, whether it's calling my psychiatrist or telling my boss I'm overwhelmed and need to back off on my workload a little bit.
    THAT'S the hardest thing in the world for me to do---it's not that I worry so much about what people will think, it's the asking-for-help part. It absolutely galls me to have to ask for ANYTHING.......my parents were never responsive to my emotional needs when I was growing up, so I became self-reliant to a fault. They met my physical needs more than adequately; I didn't lack for food, clothes, or toys. But I still see myself as weak, and it kills my soul when I have to depend on the kindness of others for such basic things as validation.......a sense of belonging.........even sanity.
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    I really enjoyed reading your article. Mental health is very important to me. I have had issues of my own with depression. I've been managing fairly well lately, however, the struggle I have had, and the struggle I have seen others go through has really affected the direction I want for my nursing career. I admit that I am one of those people who isn't the quickest to discuss my mental health issues with people I am not close to (and it took me a while to be able to talk about it even with people I am close with, and then only because I felt it would help them to know they aren't alone) because I am so keenly aware of the stigma attached to any kind of imbalance. I want to empower people to reach out for help if they need it, and I also feel that preventative measures aren't encouraged enough. I wish you the best of luck with your commitment to stress management for acute care nurses.
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    Thank you for sharing this! I too suffer from depression and anxiety. Actually having been having lots of flare ups lately. It seems when I have down time it's the worst, I can't get "started" everything takes so much effort. I am on Prozac and also take Gabapentin for anxiety in the luteal phase of my cycle. Depression sucks and there is no other way to put it. People who have not had depression have a heard time understanding just how bad it can be. I know it's bad when I start contemplating what the purpose of life is---it's nice to know I am not the only one who struggles. The silver lining in being a nurse with this ailment is we can see everyone has some hardship---some just cover it up better than others. Thank you for sharing!
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