Nursing & Depression - page 2

While visiting in the lounge one day, we discovered that every nurse there was on an anti-depressant. I have had 'Treatment Resistant Depression' for about 20 years--as long as I've been a nurse. ... Read More

  1. by   UKRNinUSA
    worry not carpe-de-em, there are none so blind as those who will not see. It seems like teeituptom has his own mental health issues - obsessive-compulsive-golf-disorder!
  2. by   KarafromPhilly
    I don't think I can be as nice as carpe de em.

    Wow, Tom. How did someone so obviously proud of his own ignorance ever get to be a nurse?
  3. by   canoehead
    Tom, I will be down in TX next week and would like you to demonstrate the effectiveness of all of the above coping skills. :kiss
    Last edit by canoehead on Aug 27, '02
  4. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heat of texas

    Seems like I hit some sore feelings about depression here. Im sorry if my alledged flippancy has hurt some feelings. Wasnt meant to. I didnt criticise people. I did criticise the Media. Try watching TV and see how many ads there are for trying this drug or try that drug and your life will be better. Go see you doctor today and your life will be better once you are on drugs. Yes I criticise the media. And I will continue to criticise the media and how it plays to foster these beliefs.
    Now I was going to respond to this at length. But I choose not to launch a personal attacks as directed at me. And carpe de em I wasnt launching anything personal at you but suggesting alternatives. And there are alternatives to drug usage.

    And UKRN, I like that obsessive compulsive golf disorder, that cool

    And canoehead, come on down to texas, and I will show the merits in a good round of golf. Solves a lot of problems.

    ddoo wah ditty
  5. by   eldernurse
    How many of you know nurses that have committed suicide? It is higher than the national average.
  6. by   Brownms46
    That's pretty shocking news.. I'm totally aware...that no one asks to be depressed...and that many's genetic..and happens thru no fault of their own to many people. I just thought that I see a lot of nurses on meds...and felt they were more disposed to seek tx, than others....but I guess not..
  7. by   nightingale
    There are many ways to cope. Whatever works... It is, to me, wonderful that we have this forum in which to share our ideas, coping strategies, and pose our thoughts. Some of us take enormous amounts of time (not here but I have on other threads)to research topics. Ex: researchrabbit on the definition of depression (thank you it is always good to be clear about the topic at hand).

    I do not see Toms' explanation as flip on his coping strategy. I am rather envious that it is that easy for you Tom. I do not think he is snubbing the topic either.

    Nursing is a challenging field. In particular it can be emotionally draining to be so responsible for such ill people. On top of that, we get those family's like Kikumari speaks of who try to "dump" their inadequacies on you. Go figure.

    Priamary to this topic is the ability for us to speak in a supportive mannar. The key is dialogue. When we start to take sides that our interpretation is ascue then somehow it all gets muddled.

    The topic is depression. What I found difficult to follow on the pole is that it had three choices that I felt I could say yest to. I guess, much like NCLEX, I chose my best answer; although more then one was right for me.

    I strongly agree that depression appears to be higher in nursing then other fields. I believe this is based on the fact that we, as health care professionals, seekassistance or advice more then say a secretary of a law firm (God know they get depressed too) or a laborer.

    I also agree, but many of my non-health care friends grew up in pretty disfunctional surroundings, that nurses come from very disfunctional backrounds. My coping startegies are very positive and very healthy. I now choose really good people in my life to support me in a positive mannar; did I do that when I was younger? nah...

    What is important, to me, is that we support each other instead of biting each others head off. If meds are needed then so be it. But there are many ways to deal with depression. We should consider and rejoice in the fact that there are alternatives.


    Last edit by nightingale on Aug 27, '02
  8. by   LasVegasRN
    I think Brownie and some others hit on a crucial point: By nature of us being nurses, some are more prone to depression than others. I don't think anyone would disagree that a certain proportion of us give 110% to others leaving nothing for ourselves. I know I have felt that I have given more of myself to the point of being tapped dry. After all the giving that has been done, I've nothing left to give to myself. I think a LOT of us have been and are that way! To a fault! I also believe that is why a lot of us got into this profession to begin with.

    I don't believe I came from a dysfunctional background, but I do believe a great number of us have. Still, a lot of us, from whatever backgrounds or basic feelings we've stemmed, are 110% givers. If we weren't, we'd all be accountants (not saying they are cold unfeeling people - that would be lawyers :chuckle).

    The good thing is, those of us who ARE on anti-depressants are getting help instead of walking around in a cloud of despair. I have no guilt over that. Why? Because I know I am one who gave 110% and had nothing left over for myself. NOW I am building up the reserve that I always gave away to KEEP for myself.
  9. by   nightingale
    Oh yeah Vegas...

    [/QUOTE] The good thing is, those of us who ARE on anti-depressants are getting help instead of walking around in a cloud of despair. I have no guilt over that. Why? Because I know I am one who gave 110% and had nothing left over for myself. NOW I am building up the reserve that I always gave away to KEEP for myself.

    Sums it up for me...

  10. by   Jen911
    Speaking of that reserve, I'm gonna tap into MY reserve in a couple weeks and go to VEGAS and see those CHIIPPENDALES that VegasRN has been hoarding to herself! See?? Those antidepressants have been working, I'm now looking forward to going out and having fun again. A few months ago, I never would have dreamed of such a trip, now I can't wait!
  11. by   Brownms46
    CHIPPENDALES....WHOOOHOOOO Hmm...5hrs to Vegas...Hmmmm..naaawwww. Get out there in that place with LVRN, and get myself in trouble...:chuckle

    ooooh wait I was doing the new math...dang it's 8hrs to Vegas..
    Last edit by Brownms46 on Aug 27, '02
  12. by   LasVegasRN
    Jen - er, uh, you'll be needing a chaperone to Chippendales, I'll check my schedule but I'm quite sure I'll be able to assist you. (Hush, Brownie!)
  13. by   Brownms46