I myself have suffered with anxiety for years... Not really depression, but anxiety and panic attacks. I think its genetic, everyone in my family on my mom's side has or had it... I had anxiety in LPN school as well... Honestly, I'm going to agree with the others and say, nursing school might not be a good fit until your anxiety is WELL under control. The studying & clinicals combined is EXTREMELY tiring & will just about give you a nervous breakdown in themselves! I was on 50 mg of Zoloft during nursing school for my anxiety. I gained 50 lbs. while on it, and tried to wean off while I was still in LPN school to lose weight. Big mistake, my anxiety came back full force & I could barely take my nursing exams & was so stressed out. So I stayed on the Zoloft until I graduated LPN school in '07 and then weaned off & lost the weight. The Zoloft did help me get through school, but I had gained so much weight on it I felt awful during my clinicals due to lack of energy. I am now on Atarax & Buspar for anxiety, which has caused no weight gain. Anyway, my point is: if you go to nursing school, make sure to get on the right meds first & get your mental health under control. Otherwise, your setting yourself up for more stress, & the possibility of not doing well academically... I barely passed nursing school, while studying 35 hours a week, going to every clinical and trying my best. Good luck & best wishes!