I take care of 25 patients, and we’re like a family. They treat me like an honorary grandkid, so I want to do what I can for them.
I’m Hailey, I’m a licensed practical nurse, and I’m 31 years old.
I took up crocheting 4 or 5 years ago, and I love it—it’s something relaxing that I can do at home to take my mind off things. I make teddy bears and other things for my residents, and I even sell some things online.
I also like to spend time with my husband, just hanging out together.
We play games, we watch TV, or just spend some time outside together.
Still, there’s a lot going on these days.
I do feel like I have a lot of responsibilities in my life.
I guess you could say my plate is pretty full.
But sometimes that’s been hard.
I remember when I was younger, just crying every day. I could feel that something was wrong. I didn’t know what the word for it was.
I felt like my family didn’t understand what was going on with me.
Things got worse as I got older. I felt sad and down, and just didn’t care about things like I used to. I was tired all the time, and on top of it all, I had difficulty concentrating and making decisions. I felt pretty worthless.
Finally I went to go see our family doctor and filled out a questionnaire.
We talked about how I was feeling, and he explained to me I have depression, or MDD.
He said about 14 million adults in the United States suffer from depression in a given year.
After that, it was all about managing things better. I tried to address my condition and move forward.
I was doing the best I could.
You know, members of my family suffer from mental illness.
But I felt like it was ultimately my thing—like I had to deal with it on my own.
This eventually got harder and harder.
It was weird. Here I’m a nurse, and I understand illness—I’ve had this for a long time.
But I just didn’t want to admit something was wrong—that I was having trouble taking care of myself.
Communication was a real challenge. And it was stressful.
I felt like there wasn’t anything I could do to help.
I felt like things were unraveling. I had been trying to manage everything on my own, and I just couldn’t do it anymore.
I went to my doctor for help. I didn’t know what else to do.
We talked about my past experiences with major depressive disorder—the sadness and the worthlessness that I felt. That I was just so tired all the time and that despite all my responsibilities, I just couldn’t concentrate.
I just wasn’t interested anymore.
This time, my doctor suggested a prescription medication called TRINTELLIX.
He told me that it might help manage my depression.
After starting on TRINTELLIX, I noticed changes beginning to happen.
Overall, I felt like my depression symptoms were improving. I was starting to get better.
My depression was less of a struggle and I felt like my treatment was working for me.
One thing that I do know as a nurse is that you have to have a good relationship with your doctor. Finding one that’s right for you is an important part of moving forward.
When talking to a doctor, you can start by sharing about your symptoms. I’ve chosen to tell my doctor everything—even how I’m doing with simple day-to-day activities. I’ve learned that even the littlest details can help.
Trust me, I’m a nurse.
I guess relationships are really important for people who deal with depression.
You know, there are people out there who can help make a difference. People that can be supportive and understanding of what you’re going through.
Working to establish some communication is really worth it. I’ve learned that I can’t do it alone.
That’s what I would say to others out there like me. When you have depression, you need people, too—your doctor, family, friends.
Sometimes it’s about taking that small next step.
You never know—you might find someone who can help with what you’re going through.
Important Safety Information
Suicidal Thoughts and Actions and Antidepressant Drugs
Antidepressants may increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some children, teens or young adults within the first few months of treatment or when the dose is changed. Depression or other serious mental illnesses are the most important causes of suicidal thoughts or actions. People who have (or have a family history of) bipolar illness, or suicidal thoughts or actions may have a particularly high risk. Pay close attention to any changes, especially sudden changes in mood, behavior, thoughts or feelings. Call your healthcare provider right away if symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, impulsivity, trouble sleeping, aggressive behavior or suicidal thoughts are new, worse or worry you. TRINTELLIX has not been evaluated for use in patients under 18.
Do not take TRINTELLIX if you:
- Are allergic to vortioxetine or any of the ingredients in TRINTELLIX
- Take a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI). Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you are not sure if you take an MAOI, including the antibiotic linezolid; do not take an MAOI within 21 days of stopping TRINTELLIX; do not start TRINTELLIX if you stopped taking an MAOI in the last 14 days
TRINTELLIX may cause serious side effects including:
Serotonin Syndrome: A potentially life-threatening problem that can happen when medicines such as TRINTELLIX are taken with certain other medicines. Symptoms may include agitation, hallucinations, coma or other changes in mental status; problems controlling movements or muscle twitching, stiffness or tightness; fast heartbeat, high or low blood pressure; sweating or fever; nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
Abnormal bleeding or bruising: TRINTELLIX and other serotonergic antidepressant medicines may increase your risk of bleeding or bruising, especially if you take the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin®, Jantoven®), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), or aspirin.
Manic episode: Symptoms may include greatly increased energy; severe trouble sleeping; racing thoughts; reckless behavior; unusually grand ideas; excessive happiness or irritability; talking more or faster than usual.
Visual problems: May include eye pain, changes in vision, swelling or redness in or around the eye. Only some people are at risk for these problems. You may want to undergo an eye examination to see if you are at risk and receive preventative treatment if you are.
Low salt (sodium) levels in the blood: Symptoms may include headache; difficulty concentrating, memory changes or confusion; weakness and unsteadiness on your feet; and in severe or sudden cases hallucinations, fainting, seizures or coma. If not treated, severe low sodium levels can cause death.
Before starting TRINTELLIX, tell your healthcare provider if you have or had liver problems, seizures or convulsions, bipolar disorder (manic depression) or mania, low salt (sodium) levels in your blood, bleeding problems, drink alcohol, have any other medical conditions or if you are pregnant, nursing, plan to become pregnant, or plan to nurse.
TRINTELLIX and some medicines may interact with each other, may not work as well, or may cause serious side effects when taken together. Tell your healthcare provider if you plan on or are taking any other prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements including medicines for migraine headaches, such as triptans; medicines used to treat mood, anxiety, psychotic or thought disorders such as tricyclics, lithium, SSRIs, SNRIs, bupropion, buspirone or antipsychotics; MAOIs including linezolid (a specific antibiotic); over-the-counter supplements such as tryptophan or St. John's wort; and the following medicines: aspirin, NSAIDs, warfarin (Coumadin®, Jantoven®), diuretics, rifampin, carbamazepine, phenytoin, quinidine, tramadol or fentanyl.
Common side effects of TRINTELLIX include: nausea, constipation or vomiting. These are not all the possible side effects of TRINTELLIX.
Do not start or stop taking TRINTELLIX without talking to your healthcare provider first. Suddenly stopping TRINTELLIX when you take higher doses may cause you to have side effects including headache, stiff muscles, mood swings, sudden outbursts of anger, dizziness or feeling lightheaded, or runny nose.
Talk to your healthcare provider.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please see accompanying Prescribing Information, including Medication Guide for TRINTELLIX.
TRINTELLIX is a prescription medicine used to treat Major Depressive Disorder—or MDD—in adults.
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