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Re: Depression in the workplace

Posted by Luke on November 10, 1999, at 21:45:33

In reply to Depression in the workplace, posted by Jen on November 7, 1999, at 4:48:13

This won't help anyone who is being discriminated against, but I thought of this thread during a conversation with my boss today and wanted to share my good luck.
I am a journalist. This time last year I was winning awards, and I was my editor's favorite. Then my ever-present moderate depression took a turn for the worse. I became a zombie. Kept wondering when I would get fired. I just went to the doc a couple of months ago, just started an AD a few weeks ago.
Today I'm in my editor's office, he says "close the door." I close it and sit. He tells me I'm being slack, wasting my life, he's tired of it.
I say something like "I know, I'm working on it."
He says "chronic depression." (he's in his mid-50s, 30 years older than I)
I nod.
He says "I know, I've been there. Zoloft worked for me. It's burnout. Now you know what the problem is, so do something about it. Get better. We need you in the news room."

And I thought, He is a good man, and I am a lucky man.




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