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Re: how long until you felt better? sly

Posted by Spencer on May 23, 2002, at 1:12:01

In reply to Re: how long until you felt better?, posted by sly on May 22, 2002, at 8:16:13

Sly

It's great to hear that you have a positive attitude and I agree that the medication really only deals with physiological issues and not with the psychological. I was very lucky and was recommended to a brilliant psychologist (my psychiatrist just talks about her problems) Through my psychologist I realised that for most of my life I have been digging myself into a pit with irrational thoughts about many things in my life. I have also worked for the same company for nearly 20 years and my boss of most of those years put me down at very critical stages in my career. I realise now that over the years my self esteem and self confidence were just being eroded away and eventually I just believed I was absolutely useless. We had a major retrenchment phase last year and even though I survived, the stress and anxiety of feeling that if I lost my job I would not get another one (because I felt useless) and would not be able to support my family, drove me into deep depression.

I also realise that I have suffered a lot from depression in the past but somehow was always able to lift myself out. Anyway, I have subsequently moved to another division in the company. Through the therapy, I have regained my self confidence amnd self esteem and am now really enjoying my life and my work.

The only reason I'm gassing on like this is that maybe someone can identify with these issues. I'm lucky in that I don't suffer from chronic depression or anxiety and that is maybe why Effexor has been so effective for me. But the turning point was the therapy and the understanding of the concept of irrational thinking and how destructive it is. The other thing I realise is that I should have joined another company and got away from my boss who was having such a negative effect.

Sly, as you say, if you can work on what makes you feel so depressed, then maybe the physiological issues will resolve themselves. Hopefully the Effexor will make you feel better and give you the opportunity to benefit fully from the therapy.

Keep in touch and "Vas byt" (pronounced "fass bait" as they say here in South Africa.....it means "stay with it")

Spencer


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