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

  1. by   debralynn
    :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!!!!
  2. by   suzy253
    Several 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!
  3. by   PennyNickelDime_RN
    I 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"
  4. 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.

  5. by   debralynn
    I 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!
  6. by   debralynn
    Sorry 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.
  7. by   ktwlpn
    Originally 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.

    I see by your profile that you are in high school and aspire to becoming a nurse someday...You'll learn soo much about depression-both chronic and situational and the various treatment options that you will be TOO smart to make such assinine comments out of ignorance.Even "angels" can suffer from depression.Anti-depressants do NOT make you"wasted" or "clam you down"-that would be a drug called a "tranquilizer" Something else you will learn when you grow up that will also help you in nursing school and especially during your clinical training is this Golden Rule...Don't spout off opinions about things you know nothing about-Learn something first so you can back up your words...Depression is a sickness...
  8. by   Flynurse
    Originally 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????
    Otherwise, no.
    Doesn't chocolate, in women, release the same chemicals as having an orgasm??? Endorphines?? If so, many nurses I know, myself included, need to take some time off of work, because according to the amount of chocolate we are eating at work, our bedrooms aren't feeling the love, so to speak! LOL

    (P.S. This is a serious medical question and issue!)

  9. by   PennyNickelDime_RN

    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.

  10. by   KarafromPhilly
    "The only kind of drug I take is the kind that is for my health when I am sick."


    Me too. I take Celexa.
  11. by   teeituptom
    Better living through modern chemistry, I wonder if they have a pill that will help my golf swing, or my putting.
  12. by   preciousnurse
    I 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.
  13. by   debralynn
    Sprklplnty: 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!