Nurse with anxiety/depression - page 3

Hi, I have been a nurse since 2008. I wanted to be an L&D nurse, but hospitals stopped hiring right before I graduated. Since then, I have worked in LTC, SNF, Wound Care and now Home Health. I have... Read More

  1. by   nursielee
    I've had to take a LOA twice in my 4 year nursing career. I've had anxiety and depression since high school but it got worse in college. I've tried multiple antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills. I highly suggest working closely with a psychiatrist until you find meds that work for you. They all work differently for each of us. As far as an anti-anxiety pill, I recommend klonopin personally as it actually calms me down without over sedating me...I can take it and still function just fine at work. I also spent my last LOA at a day hospital for ppl with anxiety and depression and was there for about 8 weeks but it saved my life. I quit my job in the hospital and started working home health, which I find far less stressful. I highly recommend seeing a good therapist on a weekly basis bc medicine can only put a bandaid on the symptoms. You are not alone at all. There are so many resources out there and there is ABSOL uTELY NO shame in feeling how you do. I can understand you're misery but just know there is light at the end of the tunnel and no job is worth sacrificing your sanity over. If you need someone to talk to feel free to PM me! Sending prayers and hugs your way!
  2. by   jlyn77nurse
    Hi nursepenelope, I don't want to say too much here, but ask your doctor about an SSNRI, as opposed to an SSRI.
    Sometimes it is the Norepinephrine that is the "missing link".
  3. by   nursepenelope
    Thsnks gor thev advice...its reallyv appreciated. Does it cover anxiety and depressuon? Can you nsme a good one?
  4. by   jlyn77nurse
    CYMBALTA. Seriously, ask your Dr. ASAP. If this isn't helping after 2-3 weeks, I'd suggest seeing a psychiatrist--simply b/c this is their specialty--best of luck to you, you're not alone, as you can see from all the supportive posts from others who are going through very similar issues as well. God bless.
  5. by   jlyn77nurse
    also yes it covers both anxiety and depression as well as some benefit for chronic pain.
  6. by   SleeepyRN
    Any update on how you have been doing?