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Zoloft???

Specializes in Psych, Geriatric.

I am starting college in Jan. I am so excited about it. At least I was until Thanksgiving. My first husband died over 6 yrs. ago from injuries sustained in a car accident. I took care of him for nearly three years after his accident when his heart finally gave out. Between the auto accident and his care and having to lose him I was a mess. I cried for months after his death. My doctor put me on Zoloft. Over time I began to feel better and eventually remarried. My doctor feels that I should remain on Zoloft. I am a diabetic. I feel fine on the medicine and my diabetes is controlled very well my doctor says. My son told me on Thanksgiving that I was not good enough to be a nurse because I take Zoloft. That only "nuts" take it. I was stunned. My daughter is also attending college to be an RN and she said he was wrong. After he left I cried. My husband says I am going to make a wonderful nurse. To ignore my son and fulfill my dream of being a nurse. I am now worried. Can I be turned down for nursing school because I take zoloft?

Being on Zoloft will have NOTHING to do with nursing school. Many of us are on meds for depression, including myself. You will make a great nurse:)

You can be anything you want and take zoloft. I take a lot of psy meds and I am a nurse. I am planning on pursuing my RN in Jan. Your son is being disrespectful.

luvkitties

Specializes in geri, med/surg, neuro critical care.

Don't listen to your son...you are not "nuts" for being on an antidepressant, and there are lots of nurses (including myself) that take Zoloft (or other antidepressants). You will make a wonderful nurse and no, this won't affect admission issues...chin up and Good Luck! :roll

~Lori

Your son sounds like he may have some underlying issues he needs to get out, and the Zoloft crack might have nothing to do with it.

I may be waaaay off base here but its just the feeling I get. I'm sorry if this bothers you :) I dont mean to if I do.......

Huggs....and hey ! You WILL make a great nurse. I'm on meds too !

Z:balloons:

Over 1/2 my graduating class was on some kind of antidepressants... Go for it! You be great, and be so happy you did!

Jerico, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER, NICU.

If you aren't on anti-depressants before you start nursing school you will be before you finish!:chair:

Just kidding! Has your son been listening to Tom Cruise?:p

If this were about 50 years ago and your son was my brother, my mother would have hauled off and socked him a good one and told him to get out of the house. However, we can't do that kind of stuff these days. What a terribly, nasty thing for a son to say to his mother. What got under his saddle? He sounds like a very disagreeable person. Is he a drinker or taking drugs himself? This is just the kind of argumentative thing an alcoholic would say to someone to get a rise out of them. (I'm sorry I don't mean to insult your son, but I was thinking about an abnoxious cousin of mine who is an alcoholic and says stuff like this around people all the time. It's amazing someone hasn't beaten the crap out of him.) Just ignore him. He doesn't know what he's talking about. Your daughter is right. You won't be turned down from nursing school for the medication you are taking.

nurturing_angel

Specializes in all things maternity.

Please don't worry dear. I have taken Zoloft for several years for severe depression and suicidal ideas at one time. I have also been a nurse for almost 30 years. I do not believe that taking Zoloft will hurt your chances at being a nurse. If you are depressed you will be a better nurse with it than without it.

Take good care of you and don't give up on your dreams because of the unkind remarks of one person.

Good luck!

Vickie

:balloons:

DutchgirlRN, ASN, RN

Specializes in OB, M/S, HH, Medical Imaging RN.

My son told me on Thanksgiving that I was not good enough to be a nurse because I take Zoloft. That only "nuts" take it. I was stunned. My daughter is also attending college to be an RN and she said he was wrong. After he left I cried. My husband says I am going to make a wonderful nurse. To ignore my son and fulfill my dream of being a nurse. I am now worried. Can I be turned down for nursing school because I take zoloft?

I got my RN at age 46 and have been on Zoloft for 10 years. Most everyone I work with takes one SSRI or another. It is people who are depressed or have some sort of chemical imbalance and refuse to take an antidepressant/medication that scare me. Your son needs an education about depression. It's real !

jmgrn65, RN

Specializes in cardiac/critical care/ informatics.

Your son needs educated, depression doesn't mean your are nuts, and even if it did, it would not stop you from getting in nursing school or becoming a nurse. Being on antidepressants doesn't keep you from being a nurse. Not being on them when you need them would probably keep you from succeeding. Good Luck You will do great!!

jnette, ASN, EMT-I

Specializes in Hemodialysis, Home Health.

Agree with teh above posters, my friend. Your son certainly needs some serious education! What gives him to authority to make statements such as these.. is he a psychologist or something? :rolleyes:

He certainly needs to be updated on antidepressants and the reasons for prescribing them. Pay him no heed.. he has no idea what he's talking about.

You'll be FINE, and I wish you the very best in persuing your goals !!! :balloons:

Harleygirl

Specializes in too many to remember.

In no way, shape or form will taking Zoloft or any other prescription drug hurt your chances of doing well in nursing school. Most of the nurses I work with take an antidepressant or an antianxiety. We are all made different with different chemical makeups.

Your son needs an education. In meds AND in tact.

Best of luck to you.

Harleygirl

HyperTension

Specializes in ED (Level 1, Pediatric), ICU/CCU/STICU.

Just because one is on a SSRI, SSNI, ect, ect that does NOT mean that that individual is incapable of being an nurse. I take adderall for ADHD.. so what?

bm28083, ADN

Specializes in Nurse Aid.

you will be fine, i personally do not take any psych meds, but i am in nursing class now with 2 ladys, one is on paxil and the other is on lexapro. both are doing fine. in fact one made the comment that she understands what some psych patients are feeling. hang in there you will be a great nurse.

Zoloft saved my life when I was 22. Keep taking it. Your son needs a kick in the pants......what a nasty, unfeeling thing to say. :angryfire

You don't have to tell anybody that you take antidepressants. It is irrelevant to whether or not you make a good student or a good nurse, and it's nobody's business unless you choose to share it.

I'm here to tell you that the rest of the posters are absolutely right. Zoloft will NOT affect your chances of being a GREAT nurse.

You're son is definitely behind the times, and needs a little education as far as antidepressants go.

Don't worry about it... you'll be fine.

I know some MDs that are on anti-depressants!!

I started Zoloft around the time I started school and it made my life SO MUCH BETTER. No one knows that I take it except the people I chose to tell. Don't worry about your performance as a nurse while taking Zoloft. I'd be more worried about needing it and NOT taking it d/t unkind remarks like the kind made to you. You might actually be ahead of the game a bit since you are taking care of yourself. Others who might need it but don't/won't take it will not function as well as you.

i hope he is wrong cuz i am on zoloft and want to be a nurse. I would not want a "perfect" nurse since they would have no idea at all of anything I was going through.

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