Nursing & Depression - page 48

While visiting in the lounge one day, we discovered that every nurse there was on an anti-depressant. I have had 'Treatment Resistant Depression' for about 20 years--as long as I've been a nurse. ... Read More

  1. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Originally posted by nightngale1998
    There are many ways to cope. Whatever works... It is, to me, wonderful that we have this forum in which to share our ideas, coping strategies, and pose our thoughts. Some of us take enormous amounts of time (not here but I have on other threads)to research topics. Ex: researchrabbit on the definition of depression (thank you it is always good to be clear about the topic at hand).

    I do not see Toms' explanation as flip on his coping strategy. I am rather envious that it is that easy for you Tom. I do not think he is snubbing the topic either.

    Nursing is a challenging field. In particular it can be emotionally draining to be so responsible for such ill people. On top of that, we get those family's like Kikumari speaks of who try to "dump" their inadequacies on you. Go figure.

    Priamary to this topic is the ability for us to speak in a supportive mannar. The key is dialogue. When we start to take sides that our interpretation is ascue then somehow it all gets muddled.

    The topic is depression. What I found difficult to follow on the pole is that it had three choices that I felt I could say yest to. I guess, much like NCLEX, I chose my best answer; although more then one was right for me.

    I strongly agree that depression appears to be higher in nursing then other fields. I believe this is based on the fact that we, as health care professionals, seekassistance or advice more then say a secretary of a law firm (God know they get depressed too) or a laborer.

    I also agree, but many of my non-health care friends grew up in pretty disfunctional surroundings, that nurses come from very disfunctional backrounds. My coping startegies are very positive and very healthy. I now choose really good people in my life to support me in a positive mannar; did I do that when I was younger? nah...

    What is important, to me, is that we support each other instead of biting each others head off. If meds are needed then so be it. But there are many ways to deal with depression. We should consider and rejoice in the fact that there are alternatives.

    JMHO

    B.
    Great post, nightngale 1998.
  2. by   nurse2002
    Originally posted by VAC
    I can't back this up with research, but I really believe that nursing has a larger percentage of people from dysfunctional backgrounds, which make us more susceptible to depression. The caretakers who don't take care of themselves syndrome.. It's a breeding ground for depression.

    Its funny you brought this up. Years ago a friend of mine actually did this research for a college paper.

    She found out that nurses are more susceptable to depression d/t their dysfunctional family/personal history. (Statistics show.)

    Doing this study she also found the reason being that many nurses dont take care of themselves is because of their dysfunctional backgrounds. Something about feelings of guilt.

    She found out that there are actually a higher percentage of nurses fom dysfunctional backgrounds than guess what..........exoctic dancers.

    That one about blew me away.
  3. by   mattsmom81
    Ya mean I coulda been an exotic dancer? LOL!

    MUCH better tips than in nursing....:chuckle
  4. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Originally posted by sphinx
    I could make a laundry list of problems, but it would be quite boring. Lets suffice it to say, i usually come home with something new to gripe about.
    As Gilda Radner used to say, "There's alllll ways something..."

    I am fortunate in that I learned in aa about acceptance, detachment, limit setting/boundaries, self love and self care, and prayer. I couldn't do it without those tools. But I hear you are getting there, YAAYYYYYY! Stay in touch!

    I still get depressed, in fact a year and a half ago had to seek partial outpatient hospitalization. The glory was I knew EXACTLY what I needed to accomplish and just needed help and support to do it, cuz I'd had experience bouncing back. I was only out for a week or two.

    I too am bipolar, I am more keen on admitting I'm an alcoholic than admitting I'm bipolar! I don't have the "highs" much and not since 1987. But those durn depressions......

    Take care
    k
  5. by   sphinx
    Originally posted by zoeboboey


    I too am bipolar, I am more keen on admitting I'm an alcoholic than admitting I'm bipolar! I don't have the "highs" much and not since 1987. But those durn depressions......

    hmmmm, yeah for whatever reason bipolar still has more of a negative stigma these days. Even alcoholism is more accepted as a disease rather than a weakness in todays society-whereas a lot of people hear bipolar and think "crazy!", so I get where you're coming from! Nobody, but nobody but friends and family knows my dx. I am bipolar 2, so never have major manic episodes, and still the depressions outweigh then hypomanic episodes. Even then the hypomania tends to include a lot of agitation, irritation, etc rather than euphoria at times, so it is not always a ton of fun, haha!

    As for me, spring has always been a dangerous time of year. The 3 times I was hospitalized were all in April/May. Well, the last time was 3 years ago. Wow! I can't believe it's been that long! But I was thinking about it the other day, and yep, it's been 3 years!

    But yes, I have been depressed since then, but like you, I am better at getting out of it. This last one was a bad one, I didn't know if I could do it without hospital or partial.......but I managed. But when you've gone through it so many times, you learn to navigate the trail. Once you start to "wake up" from the sleepiness that is depression, (at least for me), it is easier to get through it all.(Note, not easy! Just easier, see the difference?!)

    eek, it's too early! *sigh*.......I have to be off to work now.......
  6. by   mamabear
    I'm a recovering addict and also deal with major depression. Don't discount this suggestion: have you tried using the 12 Steps to deal with your bipolar disorder? I laughed it off for years until I woke up in an ICU, still connected to a vent.
    Just substitute "alcoholic" with "bipolar disorder".
    And keep coming back.:kiss
  7. by   babs_rn
    Originally posted by VAC
    I can't back this up with research, but I really believe that nursing has a larger percentage of people from dysfunctional backgrounds, which make us more susceptible to depression. The caretakers who don't take care of themselves syndrome.. It's a breeding ground for depression.
    AMEN....and the administrations take full advantage of that too....the healthcare system as a whole has a great deal of power over those who depend on it to pay the bills and support their families - as does any employer. It's time to address the problem at its root.
  8. by   udontwannabme
    Originally posted by VAC
    I can't back this up with research, but I really believe that nursing has a larger percentage of people from dysfunctional backgrounds, which make us more susceptible to depression. The caretakers who don't take care of themselves syndrome.. It's a breeding ground for depression.
    Ohmagosh!! I think you are right on the money with this.But heres a weird twist. I get more depressed when I'm not working. I feel so much better while I help some one else, that I really have a hard time with my self when I'm not at work. Example: the last two weeks I have worked 101.30 hrs. Everyone asks if I am wore out yet. To tell the truth, I haven't felt this well for a long time. I am on two anti-d's though.
  9. by   micro
    hey to all,
    haven't been around these parts of late, but think of all my cyber allnurses friends often, some more than others.....
    am glad to see this thread still going and supporting each other......

    in this world it is so good that we are here and that we can and do support each other.....
    not that all is good in this world, that would not be reality, but there is still so much more good than evil in this world.........

    now to my depression, _______-ism, and here of late, anxiety +++++++++, along with my growing other diagnosis.........

    it is still good to have good moments in the middle of the bad, and to know that I am not alone from many fronts and paths.........

    today. doc added another medcation to my arsenal.........and a nonaddictive medication at that.........

    above all, never lose hope all, medicine is an art, not a science yet......but the science and art of medicine is full merit and I will take advantage of any help that I can get.......
    BECAUSE I AM WORTH IT.........

    AND YOU ARE EACH ALSO.........

    be well my friends,
    micro
  10. by   RN2007
    Help! I have to take a drug test as the last part of the screening process to gain entry into my ADN nursing program? I take klonopin at night for sleep and Celebrex for back pain problems. Should I reveal this to the nurse who gives me the drug test ahead of time and will these drugs cause me a problem with admissions? Did any of you take any Rx meds when you took your school drug test and did you have any problems due to it? What type antidepressants seem to be okay to take and work in nursing? Also, is there a Non-opiod Rx pain med that seems to be okay to take for chronic back pain and that is okay to work while taking it? Oh, I have been given the okay and blessing by my general dr. and Pain Management Dr. to go back to school and work in the nursing field, so there is no problem there. I look forward to your responses.. :kiss
  11. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Originally posted by sphinx
    yep, it's been 3 years!


    3 YEARS!!!!!!

    YAYAYYAYA!
  12. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Originally posted by mamabear
    Twelve steps work VERY well, LOL! when I work them! and you, keep coming back too!!!.:kiss
    Last edit by Liddle Noodnik on May 20, '03
  13. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Originally posted by RN2007
    Hey! I had the same worry when I took this job, I am on lithium and I was sweating it cuz I knew they would know I was bipolar because of the med. I did discuss it with the disability rights people and they said I HAD to tell personnel health cuz if they found out later I could be fired for LYING. There is NO crime for being on meds, I can tell YOU that, but I had a hard time believing it for ME!

    Good luck!

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