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So sorry I posted this in the wrong forum. I cant think straight right now. I dont know where to put this thread, I have a question though. If I went to the emergency room for depression help and anxiety is that possible to get help there? Will that hurt my chances to get into nursing school? Thank you for any replies. 

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FacultyRN has 12 years experience.

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If you feel an emergency need to seek help for mental health before you harm yourself or others, please do! Yes, the ER can help with emergent mental health crises.  Another option is to schedule a primary care or psych appointment if it's less of an urgent matter.  Only you know what situation you're in, and your safety comes first.  

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Sour Lemon has 9 years experience.

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6 hours ago, Meow278 said:

So sorry I posted this in the wrong forum. I cant think straight right now. I dont know where to put this thread, I have a question though. If I went to the emergency room for depression help and anxiety is that possible to get help there? Will that hurt my chances to get into nursing school? Thank you for any replies. 

The ER exists to stabilize immediate threats to one's health or well-being. If you are able to get help in an ER, you'll still need to follow up as an outpatient for ongoing care.
If you have the type of depression and/or anxiety that requires an ER visit, you may not be in the best position to make it through a nursing program successfully- even if you do get accepted. 

Take things one step at a time and best wishes to you.

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SilverBells is a BSN and specializes in Rehab/Nurse Manager.

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It's very possible to get into and make it through nursing school if you have a history of depression and anxiety, even if you have a history of using emergency services.  However, to be successful, those issues need to be somewhat managed (I think a lot of nursing students go through periods of depression, anxiety, or both!) whether it be with outpatient therapy, medications, having a good support system, good life/work balance, etc.  The ER could help you but depending on your situation, you might be admitted to an inpatient hospital, which could affect your ability to get an application in on time, start the program in a timely manner, etc.  There's no reason why this should hinder your ability to eventually become a nurse, but you will want to get any mental health issues under control first as nursing school is very grueling. 

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