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Re: Still struggling...

Posted by Adam on November 22, 1999, at 16:40:15

In reply to Still struggling..., posted by Noa on November 19, 1999, at 9:05:26


> As for calling in sick today, I feel guilty and ashamed.

As depressed as you are, feelings of guilt and shame may be difficult to resist. But try
to resist them. Taking care of yourself means showing yourself an abundance of compassion and
forgiveness. You're allowed sick time. I know loads of people who take "mental health days"
because they need to catch up on their yardwork or other trivial concerns. I took a month
of mental health days in a row earlier this year. Two months later I got promoted. It's
not the end of the world, for you or your employer.

>...where I am overwhelmed. Sometimes I think maybe a non-emergency hospitalization is in order, I don't know.

It may be. Speak to your doctor. I found it helpful in some ways. If a med change/adjustment is in
order, and you are feeling overwhelmed, it might be a good place to rest and regroup under close
observation while you wait for the meds to kick in.

>If I take a leave of absence to go into the hospital, my debt problems will worsen.

If you are experiencing hardship, creditors can be kept at bay. You may want to contact a local
consumer advocacy group or health and human services dept. (city, state) who can direct you to some
local credit counseling resources that may be available free of charge. A local chapter of the
National Depressives and Manic Depressives Association ( be able to steer you
in the right direction, too. Your doctor might even know of some good strategies, or be able to
direct you to people who can help you. Your bankruptcy is of benefit to no one, so rest assured
creditors will not drive you in that direction if temporary postponement of payment will allow you
to stay healthy and productive.

>I've explained why the MAOIs won't work for me (has to do with my apnea).

Are nasal decongestants the only solution for sleep apnea available to you? From what I understand,
there are some relatively minor laser surgical procedures that sometimes can be of great benefit for
those who suffer from sleep apnea. Perhaps speaking to an ear, nose, and throat specialist could
give you information on some alternatives. MAOIs might be a good thing to try, if that can be made

As for Serzone, someone above mentioned that when Serzon is bad, it can be really bad. All I can say
is I experienced a worsening of both depression and anxiety while on Serzone that was more severe
than I had ever experienced at any other point in my life by a very wide margin. I can't say if this
was a result of taking the drug, or not. All I can say is that my coincidental decline was precipitous
and absolutely terrifying. If you feel your symptoms have worsened, talk to your doctor, please.
Be careful. And be well.




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