Tracey Maxfield writes for HelloCare about her experience working as a nurse caring for people living with dementia. She also writes about her depression, and what led her to eventually write her book, ‘Escaping the Rabbit Hole’.
Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a nurse. When I was two yrs. old, I used to bandage my teddy, at eight yrs. old, I used to write down medical words and different diseases in a notebook. After I graduated school, I realized I didn’t...
Tracey Maxfield is a nurse with over 35 years’ experience in the healthcare field. She is certified in gerontology and dementia care and is a passionate dementia advocate and educator. She has written articles about dementia in the column Dementia Aware: what you need to know featured on www.castanet.net and TheScrutinizer.org. She is also a regular guest on well-known author and radio host Peter Rosenberger’s show Caregivers with Hope on WLAC and iHeart Radio in Nashville, Tennessee.
Tracey experienced her first episode of clinical depression in her twenties and lived with chronic depression ever since. However, nothing prepared her for the acute depressive episode she experienced in 2015. After enduring years of intense work place stress, harassment and bullying, she plummeted into an abyss of darkness, hopelessness and despair the likes of which she had never experienced before.
Encouraged by a psychologist, Tracey started a Blog, Escaping the Rabbit Hole: my life with depression, to better help her friends understand her depression. Over time, Tracey began to heal and found that out of the darkness and despair, there is hope, there is life after depression.
Since the release of her book, Tracey has become a staunch advocate for Mental Illness and Mental Health Awareness and Bullying. She has met with teenagers ages 12 to 15years to talk about bullying and mental illness and has participated in numerous podcasts and radio shows e.g. Mental Health Voices, Find your sparkle with Jen, Exploring Awesome.
Born in Wales, U.K. Tracey moved to Canada in 1987. She currently lives in the Okanagan Valley in beautiful British Columbia. This is her first book.
Tracey’s book, Escaping the Rabbit Hole: my journey through depression, has received international rave reviews and is available on Amazon in soft cover, kindle and audio book. You can also follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pininterest, Linkedin and Twitter. Her website is www.traceymaxfield.com
In 35 years of working with people living with dementia and the aged population, I have lived by Thomas Kitwood’s philosophy, of person centred care: I am caring for a person with dementia, not a person with dementia. I am caring for a 90-year-old man living with heart disease, kidney failure and lung disease not a 90-year old man living with heart disease, kidney failure and lung disease. It is so important that we see the person first and treat...
In her book titled 'Escaping the Rabbit Hole', Tracey Maxfield writes candidly about her experiences with depression. Here, she writes for HelloCare about her experiences working in the aged care sector, where she was subjected to bullying that triggered such crippling depression she has not been able to work since.
After working for seven years in community nursing and then a short stint in a managerial role, I was offered a position as team leader. The job was very busy and extremely fast paced and stressful, but I loved it...