I am a new RN who has been looking for a job for a long time. I have had a dead spell where I got no interviews, but now am getting several calls for interviews. While interviews themselves are stressful (as everyone knows!), my concern lies with my prescribed medications for anxiety and depression. I know that many nurses suffer with these problems, but I take atypical medications for my issues because I have adverse reactions to SSRI's. I take Wellbutrin, Lamcital, and Neurontin. This combination has kept me stable for years.
Now I am concerned about a health examination and having to reveal this drug combination because I worry that people may think I am seriously mentally impaired. I am not! I graduated cum laude and was a participant in an honor society. I have great reviews from my mentors.
I can't get this worry out of my mind. I feel like if I took Prozac or another SSRI the concern wouldn't be as bad. I feel more "normal" than so many people I talk to. I have friends who got in taking Adderall or Ritalin, but is treatment for depression more of a stigma than ADHD treatment?
How can I ease my mind about this? I have worked very hard in nursing school and don't want to be disqualified for jobs due to what medications I take. Thanks all!
Those aren't medications that would show up on a drug test and mistaken for illicit drug use. None of those medications are viewed as having a high potential for abuse. There is no reason to disclose that you take them or expect that you would have erroneously positive drug test results from taking them. Even if you were taking schedule II meds, a note from your MD or NP in advance should suffice. Also, Neurontin, Wellbutrin, and Lamictal have uses beyond mental health issues, as you know.
Last edit by mariebailey on Sep 13, '12