Posted by Rowena on October 06, 2003 at 16:01:55:
In Reply to: Re: For Elizabeth posted by Elizabeth on October 06, 2003 at 00:09:03:
I agree that some of the side effects of some anti-dpressants are not pleasant. Anti-depressant are not addictive in a physiological way. However, a tiny number of people can become dependant on them in a psychological way, due to their personality type. I also agree that anti-depressants don't work in every situation. They can't change a person's underlying personality. Negativity can be part of a person's personality rather than due to a depressive illness. However, for vast majority of people suffering with a depressive illness, anti-depressants are very helpful and aid recovery.
I have been a registered nurse for 24 years. During which time I have also received additional qualifications as a midwife, a mental health nurse, a pediatric nurse and a child health nurse. A total of 8.5 years of tertiary nursing studies.(I used to get bored after a few years in a particular area and move on).
For the past 8 years I have worked in a Mother and Baby unit (here in Australia). Mothers are referred along with their babies to the center by their family doctors, pediatricians and community child health nurses for assistance with problems relating to crying, sleeping, feeding and behavior. The mother and baby stay at the center for around 4 days and nights or less if the problem is resolved sooner. The service also has a state wide telephone parenting advice service. Parenting advice is provided by child health nurses. I know you don't have child health nurses in the US but here the child health nurse does 80% of all well baby visits. All of these services are provided free for all Australian parents and is funded by the government. Parents only need to go to the doctor if their child is ill, otherwise they see a child health nurse at a local clinic.
What about you Elizabeth, I see you are also a nurse, what field do you work in?