Anxiety, depression and job hopping

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Specializes in Geriatrics. Has 17 years experience.

I have bipolar 2 and anxiety. Have been a nurse since 2006 and have had 3 jobs now, first job for 2 1/2 years at a LTC facility. The next for 11 years! It was at a plasma donation center. Good job until Covid hit. They were very good to me when I had a breakdown and went on a 2 month leave of  absence  (unlike the LTC facility). Now I do home health care, which I am enjoying. I recently had a set back with my mental health but am starting to do a little better. I have good support from my family and spouse. I just have to remember to be open and talk to them about how I'm feeling. I do lots of crafts in my spare time, which helps me. I also like to organize when I'm feeling down. Been doing a lot of that lately! Anyway, thanks for reading. Hope you're doing better.

Specializes in Geriatrics. Has 17 years experience.
5 minutes ago, Grandma Susie said:

I have bipolar 2 and anxiety. Have been a nurse since 2006 and have had 3 jobs now, first job for 2 1/2 years at a LTC facility. The next for 11 years! It was at a plasma donation center. Good job until Covid hit. They were very good to me when I had a breakdown and went on a 2 month leave of  absence  (unlike the LTC facility). Now I do home health care, which I am enjoying. I recently had a set back with my mental health but am starting to do a little better. I have good support from my family and spouse. I just have to remember to be open and talk to them about how I'm feeling. I do lots of crafts in my spare time, which helps me. I also like to organize when I'm feeling down. Been doing a lot of that lately! Anyway, thanks for reading. Hope you're doing better.

 

1 minute ago, Grandma Susie said:

 

Life's too short for cheap toilet paper

Specializes in Med-surg, telemetry, oncology, rehab, LTC, ALF. Has 7 years experience.

Just wanted to pop in and say that I hear you.

Kudos to you for knowing when enough is enough. I hope your next nursing adventure is worthy of your time and efforts.

Specializes in hospice, medsurg/tele, ED, corrections. Has 14 years experience.

Thank you for sharing your experience. I had to do a double-take on the name because it sounded like something I would have written about myself, haha

I just want to offer my support, and thank you for helping me feel less alone. I hope that you can be kind to and compassionate with yourself.

Like if your child or best friend were going through the same thing, what would you say to them? I have no doubt your words would be loving and supportive. You deserve the same ❤️

Specializes in Field Nurse. Has 9 years experience.

I want to thank you for verbalizing how I feel on a daily basis. I suffer from depression and bi polar type 2. Everyday is a struggle. I got in to this profession because I really empathize with people and care about them. It is hard holding it all together. I really do share the same feelings as you in terms of looking at others on here who have accomplished so much. Life hands us all different sets of challenges. Some people have more than others or handle their challenges differently. Life is way too short to compare yourself to others, when you are doing the best you can every day. Before you can help others you have to be your own first priority. I think you owe it to yourself. If you every need someone to talk to who understands I am here for you. 

pinkdoves, BSN

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Specializes in Pediatrics, NICU. Has 4 years experience.

thank you for writing this. I have personally come to the conclusion that I need to quit the nursing field completely. I listened to people who said it was "normal" to hate nursing since I started. They told me it would get better and I guess in some ways it did...but not enough. every time I have to work I have suicidal thoughts...last shift I almost hyperventilated just sitting there at the beginning of the shift. I want out. and maybe a therapist

ClarkRN

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I feel the same way! Nice to know there are others this way. I've been a nurse for 20 years and have anxiety, depression and mild ptsd and have not stayed at the same job for more then 2 years. It makes me feel like such a failure and that I'm not a "likeable" person. We're about to move and I can't even get an interview with the hospitals there due to my multiple jobs on my resume and also those darn " psychogiclly based" questionnaires that I probably never pass. If only nursing employers offered more psych support options for their nurses. I also have a huge fear/pet peeve of doctors that are mean to nurses and whenever I have to work with a difficult doctor, I don't end up staying long.

Thank you for sharing your story!

an6el1022

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Has 15 years experience.

You're not alone!! I have been feeling so down lately because my new job and all the changes. I was a night shift nurse for 12 years because I have such bad social anxiety! I won't even work any other shift because I just can't deal with that many people. The longest job I have held has been 12 years as my main job, but I have always been night shift and either part time or PD at this job. I have worked second jobs lasting a few months and some a few years because my anxiety/depression gets bad at times. I work in psych and it's helpful because your co workers don't judge you, half of them are on meds like I am. Everyone talks freely about their mental health issues or understands if we need several mental health days. I have a new second job again. Unfortunately it's day time and I haven't worked days since my first job 13 years ago. But days is the only job, where I don't need to work weekends. It's so different and my social anxiety is through the roof!! Feeling like this sucks. I feel like everyone hates me or is talking about, feeling intimidated by the Drs or management. I have had the tunnel vision/tune people out to try to concentrate on my work. I try to stay busy so I don't need to talk to anyone, but still get talked about for not just sitting and relaxing like everyone else. I have been trying to have conversations and it turns out awkward. I been there 10 months and I have not heard a Dr. call me by my name because I don't think they even know it still after introducing myself how many times or trying to have my name badge showing. It's been soo difficult, but it's helpful that I found this thread and to know we're not alone.