marydc 4,402 Views
Joined Apr 2, '12 - from 'USA'.
Posts: 58 (69% Liked)
My favorite was a note made by the psychiatrist after a patient had intentionally kicked me in the stomach. "Patient is well aware of right from wrong. In my opinion needs a therapeutic trip to jail."
It sounds as if you are at the point it is affecting your job performance in a negative way. Not safe for you or the patients. If you are suffering from depression please don't completely rule out medication which may help you.
I had PPD many years ago and suffered needlessly for months because I just kept thinking it would get better. (I'm even a psychiatric nurse). After finally going to my doctor he put me on Zoloft. Within 3 months I felt like a new person. We then stopped it, the short term use was all I needed.
I also worked many years rotating from days to nights. About 2 years ago I got to the point that I couldn't sleep anytime, day or night. I was exhausted, worn down and depressed. My doctor diagnosed Shift Work Sleep Disorder. I went back on the Zoloft for a few months. He gave me a low dose (25 mg) of Trazodone for sleep. For those not familiar with Trazodone, it's an antidepressant but our doctors use it for sleep instead of your typical sleeping pills. Usually at of dose of 100-150 mg.
Again within a few months I was greatly improved. I was able to get a good 5-6 hrs of sleep without feeling like a zombie. Plus had the rest of the day to spend with my family.
I didn't mean to make this about me! Just wanted to tell you I know your pain and reluctance to take medication. I'm all for trying natural ways to improve your mood and sleep. If all other options have failed please talk to your doctor. Don't continue to put yourself and your patients at risk.
Hope a day shift job comes your way soon!
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