are you on anti-depressants? - page 5

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   PennyNickelDime_RN
    debralynn -- You didn't go off! I support you 100%. Having been there myself and helping others with depression for the past eight years with an online depression support group, I still find it difficult when someone posts that depression is something people have a choice about. Obviously you know this isn't true because no one in their "right mind" would ever choose to be debilitated by this illness.

  2. by   ERRN5778
    Passing thru,
    I think it's time for you to refresh your memory on what depression entails and how it can be managed. Depression if you recall is most of the time genetic and therefore one can't just snap out of it. Would you say that to a cancer patient who is depressed? Read up on currently literature on depression, you might learn something. It disturbs me when I hear people making fun of those who need medication to treat depression. I'd suppose you would also say to a cardiac patient "You are weak for relying on those blood pressure medications, try a more holistic approach." Your views are much too one sided...and as a nurse you can't be an advocate for the sick if believe on one side of an issue.
    Last edit by ERRN5778 on Jul 18, '03
  3. by   giggles66
    I am not on any antidepresents, but I am on medication called
    Zyprexa its an antipsycotic eventhough I am not nor have I been psychotic. I do not think that I am on the correct medication. I think that I should possibily be on an anti-anxiety and /or a medication that would help me with my concentration exspecially for school.

  4. by   PennyNickelDime_RN

    I have severe anxiety and have for most of my life. My experience with Paxil was a positive one for many years. Paxil does have an anti-anxiety property which helps many. I also take Xanax which is an anti-anxiety which helps me. Buspar is another medication made specifically to target anxiety.

    You might want to check with your doc about those options. Take good care!

  5. by   itsme
    Well said kywlpn! I used to take zoloft, but thought I didnt need it anymore because "I felt great" so I went off, on my own ( without md knowledge) and guess what, depression came back! Now I take Effexor XR. I do not like what happens if I run out on a week end and miss a couple doses, but it actually works for the depression- although I would prefer zoloft again. I am the worlds worst patient, I hate going to the doc, so will wait and go once a year with my long list and get everything taken care of at once! Depression is an illness. Not just feeling blue like so many people think. Hell, I have a wonderful life, great kids, a fairly happy marriage, a job I love, and yes, I have depression. I dont know why, but I do, and I treat it. I do not feel "wasted" from my meds. The "daughterjudy" is obviously an uneducated person when it comes to the illness of depression!
  6. by   essarge
    Wow, what a great thread! And I thought I was alone in this!! LOL! Years ago, a therapist thought I was bi-polar...I thought he was not correct. Now reading this thread, I've decided that perhaps he was right. I go through, it seems, two moods..."happy" (spend, spend, spend) and "not so happy" (cry alot, get really b*****). So I guess it is time for me to "pull myself up by my bootstraps" and get my ars to the doc.

    Thanks for this I know it's ok for me to be the way that I am!!
  7. by   caroladybelle
    I first attempted suicide at 8. I ended up with minor liver damage and several transfusions. There were several other attempts, two very nearly successful.

    I had a father that did not "believe" in Psychiatry - I went 13 miserable years without any treatment for depression.

    I went through the years of Xanax, and Sinequan - going off because I didn't want to be "on drugs". My sister, a schizophrenic, did many of the same things, d/t pressures to be "strong & nondependent". She was very functional on meds, nonfunctional when off.

    When they came out with SSRI's, my life improved immensely. I also began to realize that I will probably be on them for life.

    I have friends that think that I am too"strong" to be on meds, that one can"snap out of depression". And there are many people that abuse the meds, and that annoys me, also. And we should be seeing a shrink for improved coping skills, along with meds (I do).

    But invariably some of these types frequently have there own issues. And they should probably see a shrink for those issues, but don't.

    I would love to be off meds. But I also like to be a functional person. And I accept that SSRI's are there for me, until better corrections can be found.
  8. by   dreamon
    Is there anyone on celexa who is having side effects? Thanks!
  9. by   jadednurse
    Originally posted by caroladybelle

    I have friends that think that I am too"strong" to be on meds
    Caroladybelle, your a great example of what it TRULY means to be strong: to understand that you need help, to find it adn to accept it. Good for you.

    Dreamon, I was on Lexapro, the purer isomer of Celexa. The biggest side effect for me was the most horrible effect on my libido.
  10. by   Cassiggity
    I was on them for a while after a friend of mine was killed.

    I went off them AMA (I'm a bad girl!) because I was sick of the side effects.
  11. by   VivaLasViejas
    I've been on Paxil now for almost 2 years. It works well for me, although I did have to increase my dosage last winter due to being fired from a horrible job and succumbing to my annual bout with seasonal affective disorder. I haven't been able to go back to the lower dose, but otherwise I'm happy with this medication, as the side effects have been few and the benefits tremendous.
  12. by   iluvsnoopy
    i began taking paxil 2 years ago at the start of my third year of nursing school. i believe i have a chemical imbalance and tried to self medicate for years with alcohol and drugs. paxil made a huge difference and i don't think i would have made it through nursing without it. that being said, i feel extremely sad and anxious lately on my 20 mg daily dose and don't want to increase it due to bad side effects. tried effexor once for 6 weeks, i honestly believe it is a placebo drug as it did absolutely nothing for me- i felt like i was losing it big time. any ideas for possible paxil substitute??
  13. by   PennyNickelDime_RN
    I was on Paxil for about 5 years 50mg. It worked very well except that I was constantly tired. I switched to a combination of zoloft and wellbutrin which has been working great for me for the past 3 years or so. I also tried Serzone but it made me suicidal. Effexor worked for a bit but made me extremely anxious.

    There are so many different combinations of anti-depressants that eventually you will find a good mix. It just takes a good doc and patience Good luck to you.