What factors are important when nursing someone with depression

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    Hi everyone !!
    I'm doing some research about mental illness, particularly depression. Can anyone please give me some feedback about how to manage and care for a patient diagnosed o/c depression? I believe there would be things "out of the norm" to look out for or take care of when dealing with patients diagnosed with the mental illness depression, but I'm not quite sure what they might be.

    I appreciate all your help, everyone. (I hope too, that as my nursing knowledge grows, I can return all the help you guys give me by helping out others on this discussion board :typing !!)
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    *tongue in cheek* If they start feeling better like the antidepressants are working, watch out for suicidal behavior.

    I've been told that because AD's often bring back motivation and energy, patients may be more able or willing to complete a suicide once on treatment for a little bit.

    Also, depression has biological and psychosocial factors that contribute to the diagnosis. It's important to not only treat the symptoms but to teach coping skills and help prevent relapse.
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    I've been told that because AD's often bring back motivation and energy, patients may be more able or willing to complete a suicide once on treatment for a little bit.
    Hi dolcebellaluna,

    Yes, you are right, I found this out just last week - its truly amazing !! (Do you have any other tips, haha :blushkiss)

    Thks
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    Quote from davidthestudentnurse
    Hi dolcebellaluna,

    Yes, you are right, I found this out just last week - its truly amazing !! (Do you have any other tips, haha :blushkiss)

    Thks
    Well, what do you know so far about caring for clients with depression? Are you in psych nursing clinical or just curious for your own personal development?
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    Are you in psych nursing clinical or just curious for your own personal development?
    Hi donnabellaluna,

    No, I'm not currently in psych nursing clinicals just yet, but recently I had to care for a pt on Ward 5 (Cardiac/High Dependency) who was diagnosed o/c Psych issues - depression and schizophrenia...

    It's just that for one of my nursing assignments, I am to research a mental health issue, so I am looking at depression (unless you can recommend a better topic for a mental illness !!) I have to include in my assignment things like (1) the causes, (2) the characteristics/signs/symptoms, (3) how it can be treated (the mental illness), and (4) how to manage someone on the ward with this illness.

    I'm fine o/c the first 3 points, but the last one "(4) how to manage someone on the ward with this illness" is a bit of a different story. To be honest, aside from the one pt from Ward 5 of our hospital, I have never had to deal with pts with a psych history, so its a little difficult to fathom what is required in order to manage such a pt. (But what I DO know from other colleagues is that you NEVER turn your back on the pt :smackingf - for both your own safety, and for the safety of the pt. !!)
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    Never turn your back on a patient with depression? Why?

    People with depression are no different than you, apart from having a chemical imbalance which affects their mood and motivation.
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    Quote from ghillbert
    Never turn your back on a patient with depression? Why?
    Sorry, maybe my wording could have been a bit more clearer - I was referring to psych pts who are suicidal.
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    Still doesn't make sense. If someone is in a safe environment, there's no problem turning your back on a suicidal patient.

    The fact that you said "for your own safety" seems to imply that you feel you would be at risk from a depressed patient if you turned your back on them. I doubt they'd have the inclination or energy to do much, let alone cause damage to you.
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    Quote from ghillbert
    If someone is in a safe environment, there's no problem turning your back on a suicidal patient.
    Maybe I have much to learn yet about psych pts, including suicidal pts, but we were trained that whilst we create as "safe as possible" environment as we can, that suicidal pts. will sometimes go to extreme measures to carry out their will if they want to - so basically "safe" environment for these types of pts. is individual - depending on the circumstances (But I take your word to be true, as I guess that you must have lots of knowledge and experience in working with suicidal pts. :spin

    As mentioned before, I am not directly referring to pts. who are depressed, but rather to psych pts. who are suicidal. In regards to "turning your back", I was thinking along the lines of "keeping an eye on their behaviour" that they will not harm themselves.
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    Yes, I agree, pts. who are suicidal will take extreme measures sometimes to do their deed. Keep ur eyes open and ur wits about when nursing them. Cheers!


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