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.