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How many AN members here suffer from anxiety and/or depression? The incidence of both seems to be on the rise in nursing professionals. 1 in 5 nurses are depressed and twice the amount of nurses are depressed compared to the general public.
I think I have suffered from job-related anxiety for awhile now and now it's making me depressed. I've been feeling like I'm on edge at work at times. Recently, my home life hasn't been that great. I'm moody and I've been snappy towards family, which isn't fair to them. I recently had a pretty big argument with my husband (which NEVER happens) and that has taken a toll on me. My sleeping schedule is already messed up due to working nights but even on my off days I will go to sleep and then be wide awake at 0200 or 0300. I feel like I've been a hermit for the past month - not really in the mood to socialze with anyone. My husband thinks I'm depressed because I never used to be like this. It's just kind of been building up for awhile, I guess.
At work I somehow manage to do my job. I love what I do. I get along great with my coworkers and my patients love me...but I just feel like all of this work-related stress I am feeling is taking effect on me once I step foot out of the hospital. It seems like we're constantly overworked and understaffed. Once my shift is over, all I want to do is just go to sleep, wake up, go to work, then go back to sleep, and the cycle repeats itself. On my off days I just want to do nothing.
How do you cope? I eat okay. I don't exercise like I should and I know that can elevate your mood but when you're so exhausted all of the time, how can you even do that? And I'm also interested in those who take anxiolytics/antidepressants and how it affects your work performance, if at all.
Hey there! I have never had issues with anxiety/depression until recently. I am happy to say I've kicked it's ass too! I am back to myself, and if you are like me, it's not a chemical imbalance and therefore you do not need meds...side note- I am not saying to not look into medication, which helps many people, I did not want to go that route so it took time but I was able to get through it on my own.
My anxiety stemmed from applying to nursing school, which I am doing now. In my area all of the schools are on a lottery system so there is really no telling how long I will have to wait to get in...plus, I don't really like my current job so that didn't help.
I hated waking up in the morning and having to be at work and the idea of being stuck at this job while I waited and waiting to get into nursing school was slowly driving me crazy...
I finally went to see a therapist and I talked and cried and talked and cried...she helped a lot. I also started getting into working out again and talking a relaxation/yoga class which e's helped a lot. It took about a month, but I was able to get my head in the right place, thinking positively is key. I also started taking 1mg of melatonin to help me sleep though the night, and it works!
Feel free to private message me if you have any questions, I hope this helps!!!