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Depression in the workplace

Posted by Jen on November 7, 1999, at 4:48:13

My husband has been suffering from stress / depression for months now,
only it has recently gotten to the point where he could
not get out of bed for work. He went to our GP who diagnosed depression. The doc
reccommended that he take some time off from work and started to write
a note for four weeks. Well my husband told him to write it for two weeks
and we would see where he was at that point as he didn't want to take too
much time off of work. The doc agreed and my husband called his boss.
His boss asked him 'Do you think you're sttressed?' His boss then proceeds to write a letter complaining
about the time off and saying that he hopes that this will be 'the end of the
problems'. Well, needless to say this made my husband feel worse about the situation. I am so angry that his boss had the nerve to imply that he was 'faking it'.
I guess this just goes to show that depression still is not seen as an
actual illness. It was hard enough for my husband to come to terms with the
diagnosiss, and now this. His boss did suggest that if he needed more time off that he would need to see their
doctor. I am suggesting that he see him or her anyway and get the diagnosis confirmed so his
boss will know it is legitimate. This is seriously

Thanks for listening.





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