are you on anti-depressants? - page 4
With nursing being such a high-stress career, and the constant problems with understaffing, overworking and being underpaid... did this drive you to start taking some type of anti-depressant? I know... Read More
Jul 10, '03Occupation: LPN/Telemetry Joined: Jul '02; Posts: 898; Likes: 2:stone I am on Lexapro now. When I don't take them, I sometimes have suicidal thoughts, and I sometimes get a lot meaner. Most people tell me they can tell when I have missed a few days of them. When I take them, things are a LOT better! They are not a cure all, but they sure get me thru the night!!!!
Jul 11, '03Occupation: Med Surg/Telemetry Specialty: Telemetry/Med Surg ; Joined: Jan '03; Posts: 8,773; Likes: 1,503Several years ago I was overwhelmed with anxiety. I had lived with the effects of my father being ill with diabetes for many many years as a child, losing my 21 year old sister to pancreatic cancer, losing my mother, a very very dear friend to lung cancer. I sought out therapy because my anxiety was affecting my everyday life and abilitly to function. When I went to doctors for tests, I didn't believe them telling me I was alright. With the helpful guidance of my therapist we got to the bottom of this problem and now I understand the way I reacted. I am also on Paxil for generalized anxiety disorder and feel wonderful. Paxil is also helping with my irritable bowel syndrome. And I know that it's like to be clinically depressed, feeling that you can't get out of bed in the morning, you just want to stay there with the covers over your head, losing interest in everyday life. It is not something that you can just 'snap out of'. Both my therapist and Paxil have helped me immensely!
Jul 11, '03Occupation: RN - Emergency Department Specialty: Oncology, Emergency Department ; Joined: Jun '03; Posts: 277; Likes: 45I have been on antidepressants for the past 8 years and would not fuction at all without them. They have literally saved my life.
I have suffered chronic major depression since childhood and have had two severe bouts both lasting over 2 years.
I just pray that my meds will continue to work and I won't have a relapse.
As I always say "Better living through Chemistry"
Jul 15, '03Occupation: high-school student. Joined: Jul '03; Posts: 12No I have never tried any drug that was not for my health. I don't want to waste my life wasted on drugs or just taking drugs to calm myself down.The only kind of drug I take is the kind that is for my health when I am sick.I'm an angel... what can you say.
Jul 15, '03Occupation: LPN/Telemetry Joined: Jul '02; Posts: 898; Likes: 2I guess the next time I feel suicidal, I will just tell myself to snap out of it. Thank you for showing me that I don't need my Lexapro, that it is because I don't want to deal with real life. Man, just think, all these years I took those useless pills and all I had to do was just pull my self up by my bootstraps and deal with life. And I guess I brought on myself of having a handicapped child. Go figure. Who knew? And it was all in my mind when my husband of almost 21 years said he wanted a divorce. Man, I feel so much better. I mean I thought I had really tried to get off of them before, but all those unhealthy thoughts and the endless crying was brought on by me. Thanks, I feel so much better!
Jul 15, '03Occupation: LPN/Telemetry Joined: Jul '02; Posts: 898; Likes: 2Sorry for all the negative comments I made, but personally, its none of my business why someone else takes meds. I mean, I don't know anything about their depression, and who am I to tell them how depressed they should be before they choose to medicate.
When I first got on anti-depress. I thought it was because I was weak. Now....I can't believe I went thru all that I did, because meds would have really helped me get thru some tough times.
Jul 15, '03Occupation: L.P.N. in LTC Specialty: med surg,homecare,hospice ; Joined: Aug '00; Posts: 4,682; Likes: 4,827Originally posted by daughterjudy213
No I have never tried any drug that was not for my health. I don't want to waste my life wasted on drugs or just taking drugs to calm myself down.The only kind of drug I take is the kind that is for my health when I am sick.I'm an angel... what can you say.
Jul 15, '03Occupation: LPN - Med/Surg, Cardiac Monitoring, ER holding, Infectious Controlled rooms, ETC. Unit Joined: May '02; Posts: 791; Likes: 2Originally posted by VickyRN
Does chocolate count? Seems like whenever I'm stressed or need a lift I head for the kisses, hershey bars with almonds, cafe au lait brownies, did I mention BROWNIES WITH PECANS????
(P.S. This is a serious medical question and issue!)
Jul 16, '03Occupation: RN - Emergency Department Specialty: Oncology, Emergency Department ; Joined: Jun '03; Posts: 277; Likes: 45Debralynn...
It would be in your best interest as I'm sure you are aware, not to listen to people that don't have a clue about depression. It is hard to believe in this day and age some still view depression as a "choice", that all we have to do is talk ourselves out of it and we'll be fine. I wish it were that simple. Take good care of yourself and take it one day at a time. I wish you the best.
DaughterJudy213...all I can ask of you is to please educate yourself in topics you know nothing about. Antidepressant therapy doesn't make you "wasted." If the brain chemicals are out of whack they simply compensate for that so depressed people can have a somewhat comfortable life.
Jul 16, '03Occupation: midnite RN Specialty: cardiac ICU ; Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 230; Likes: 120"The only kind of drug I take is the kind that is for my health when I am sick."
Me too. I take Celexa.
Jul 16, '03Occupation: ER RN Specialty: ER,ICU,L&D,OR,ETC ; Joined: May '01; Posts: 5,588; Likes: 566Better living through modern chemistry, I wonder if they have a pill that will help my golf swing, or my putting.
Jul 16, '03Occupation: RN BSN Joined: Sep '02; Posts: 48I believe that antidepressants are a way of life for most nurses. Face it, we have tough jobs. I believe that all nurses should be on them and i also believe that it should be taught in school more about how to deal with people, not patients, but more often than not how to deal with family members. Anger managment has become a true issue with me because I am not the most patient person in the world.
Jul 16, '03Occupation: LPN/Telemetry Joined: Jul '02; Posts: 898; Likes: 2Sprklplnty: Sorry I went off. Its just this is the kind of crap I use to get from my ex. He use to say I was just feeling sorry for myself! Whats so ironic, is since the divorce, he is now depressed, but still doesn't know it!
I guess the saying still holds true..... until you've been there, you just don't know!