Nursing & Depression - page 52

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   Danyelita_Nurse
    We are nursing students at the University of Magallanes located in Chile, in our opinion can easily say that this problem also exists in our country, as staff shortages in hospitals and clinical centers do you have a high level of occupational stress in nurses, and also makes the lack of a solid family ties, and this also affects patient care, because having a high level of stress causes each day that passes we see the patient very superficially and not as a whole
  2. by   ajugiebug
    What is the anti-depressant you were prescribed? You sound like me!
  3. by   cebuana_nurse
    As I'm reading this thread, I can't stop crying. I hate to accept that I maybe having depression. I've been feeling totally crappy everytime I go to work. I am resentful going to nursing school and being a nurse. I get attached too much about giving the best care to my patient and being a perfect nurse. I can't sleep enough on my day off. I feel that if I keep doing things, I'd either go crazy or kill myself.
  4. by   NeoNurseTX
    I've been anxious before/during a shift but no depression.
  5. by   such_sweet_sorrow
    Pretty much any occupation with a lot of stress and long hours can lead a person to feeling overly tired and perhaps sad, but depression is a disease. I have suffered from many episodes of it already (I'm only 22). I honestly believe that I will continue to fight this disease my whole life, regardless of my career choice.
  6. by   wondern
    Thanks for starting this thread, carpe de em, and also the very enlightening poll. It may not be the exact same boat as you are in but similar. I admire your reaching out to others on this thread. It helps me just to vent on here. Years ago, I asked my MD for something to help me let things just roll off my back more and not let it get to me so much when I began being bogusly written up for being 'rude and unprofessional' to my coworkers. I told my manager I was trying everything I knew to get along including starting on a mild anti-depressant for the first time and to that she suggested I double up. She was so elevating it was scary. She wasn't a nurse but her assistant directly above me was. They worked hand in hand with staff as well.

    Also, after being fired, the fact that I'd been on a mild anti-depressant not only made my new private insurance premium go up in price, it also excluded depression from my new policy. Thank goodness, I didn't feel depressed anymore. Insurance companies in America have us all by the short hairs!
  7. by   Expectations
    I am having a lot of trouble getting my doc to allow me to go on LTD d/t my depression, which does impact my job and homelife to the extreme. I am even having nightmares about work and becoming more and more anxious as the days go by. To much stress looking after 32 residents, sometimes 40 residents by myself, with no help as the other nurses have the same resident load.
  8. by   AwayWeGo
    Regarding this thread, have any nurses who are on antidepressants or have taken them ever had difficulty remembering things, slower reaction time or slight yellowing of the eyes? A nurse that I know said these things happened to her so she decided to stop taking the meds...I think it was Paxil.
  9. by   Reenski
    I am not a nurse yet, but a pre-nursing student. I searched for this thread because I am concerned that my new career choice is going to trigger new and worse episodes of depression than I have ever dealt with...hopefully I'm wrong and it will bring a new sense of satisfaction to my life! I am now 25 and I have been on zoloft twice (about a year each time) and am now taking St. John's Wort (which actually seems to work, or at least has a nice placebo effect ) I never want to have to go back on zoloft...the side effects when coming off of it were gruesome and I never want to have to go through that suffering again!

    Lately, I have been thing about this question of nursing and depression and have come to the conclusion that I really believe that because of my experiences with depression, along with witnessing the slow and painful death of my father from a rare disease, that really feeling and knowing about suffering is one reason I felt the need to be a nurse. I feel compassion for others that have gone through tremendous amounts of suffering...but I am also stronger from it. Perhaps this is why many nurses have depression? Because the depression came first, and then the call to nursing? Which came first the depression or the nurse?
    I actually feel great right now, confident and healthy, but still a little worried about the cloud that always seems to loom in the distance (in my memory if not in my actual life)...hopefully I'll notice it before it gets too close and be able thwart it off!
    Anyway, I know there's not much advice you can give to someone who has overcome depression several times already in their this point I have already learned many tricks and usually know what works for me...I guess I just wanted to read about other nurse's experiences and share mine, because if anything is more useful to battling depression (and the battle never ceases) it is to know that you are not alone.
    Hugs and good luck to u all!
  10. by   *Posh*
    Just about every nurse I know either smokes, are on anti-depressants or both. My parents are nurses, too - both are on different antidepressants. We all work acute care full-time. I have been on Zoloft, Celexa, Paxil and Lexapro. I have now been on Effexor XR now for about a year and it's working fine. I feel like myself. I keep Clonidine 0.1mg in my bag and take one or two when I'm working one of those shifts from H***!! I told my PCP about my issues and that I had researched this so he was more than willing to try it out since we work together anyway. I believe that as nurses (especially bedside nurses), put our own well-being on the back burner and we usually never get around to taking care of ourselves like we should. We work our 12-14 hours, go home to our families, cook dinner, help with homework, etc and fall into bed. We all know the ritual... What else can we do?
  11. by   purplesteth
    Quote from teeituptom
    I dont understand why so many people are on drugs for so called or alledged depression.. I think its way overplayed in the news, the medias and everything else. ...
    Remember little problems are actually no problems, and all problems are little problems.
    (My bold highlighting). Please excuse my bluntness, and the fact I haven't read the rest of the thread, but teeitupmom, if you're reading, it seems pretty clear you have no personal experience with depression. As other posters have said, unless you've actually suffered from depression first hand, you can't really understand how it feels.

    Sadly it's posts like these that propagate the myth that those suffering from depression can, or should, simply "snap out of it" and get on with things. It really isn't that simple... I wish it was.
  12. by   RW23RN
    When I started in nursing, I worked nights in an ICU. I was also newly married, so that didn't make life any easier (for either one of us!). I worked nights for years before that as a tech/phleb, but for some reason, everything got worse as a nurse. It is stressful, and if you are around sickness and death as often as some of us are, it has got to take a toll on you whether you acknowledge it or not. In the last year I finally went to my PCP with whom I had a good relationship and told him I was having trouble sleeping, worsening headaches, and overall just felt lethargic. I knew I should get up and work out, find joy in hobbies, etc... but I just had a hard time doing those things. I put up with the emotional aspects of depression for a long time, but when I started having trouble sleeping, aches/pains, migraines, and trouble concentrating, I sought help. I saw a counselor as well as started the rounds of anti-depressants. It took awhile to find one that I could tolerate that helped, and then finding a dosage that worked well took time too. Most nurses I know are on some type of anti-depressant/anti-anxiety med, those that aren't smoke or have other "therapeutic" things they do-some are into heavy exercise, drinking, etc... But then again, alot of the nurses I know are in critical care areas. I think alot of people won't admit they need help or are on meds because of the very attitudes in this thread....the "why can't you just find a hobby, take up golfing, etc..." attitude. Its a shame really, as much as I believe that we over-medicate as a society, there are some people out there that have no idea they could feel better with medications.
  13. by   catfish1
    I have suffered from depression all my adult life. It has caused problems in my marriage, work performance, my ability to excell at my profession, rerlationships with others outside my family. If you have never experienced depression, you cannot understand the profound effects it has on ones life. Clinical depression is not the same as having the "blues" and it does not respond to typical approaches made by those who have just "blue" day. No amount of going out with friends, excersising, sex, the perfect job, man, whatever. It takes the right medication and amount to bring the brain chemistry back to normal and sometimes you have to try different antidepressants before finding the right one. Thankfully, I've been on an antidepressant that works and even though I still have bad days, the medication keeps everything in balance.