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Re: Just spent a week in the hospital LibbyH

Posted by wendy b. on March 9, 2003, at 23:53:59

In reply to Just spent a week in the hospital, posted by LibbyH on March 9, 2003, at 23:32:37

> After battling severe depressiion for the past 20 years, I finally spent my first week in the hospital. I've been home for exactly 6 hours and I'm ready to go back. I'm so fed up with the cycles... you know... the constant building/rebuilding of your personal and professional reputation after a particularly tough episode of depression. This is number five for me & even I was surprised how fast everything unzipped this time. I'm just 42 years old, but I'm already thinking about going on disability. I'm out of vacation time at work & have to make some big decisions. How does one make a good decision about somthing like that?
> L.

I would say: consult with everyone in your support network (family, friends, therapists, pdocs), and see if you can get help that way. Who do you have to talk to about these issues?

I'm sorry things have been unraveling so quickly after your return home...

By the way, loads of people have to take disability leave at some time or other, and not just depressed people. So there is no shame in it. And if you and your support "team" think it's best for you to take a break from work for the time being (it's not a forever thing for most people), for your own stability and sanity, then, you may just need a break, and you may need to come to an acceptance of that. It's an important step to recognize when you need to really slow down and work on yourself and on just getting better...

Please write back if you care to; lots of people here care about you very much.

All the best,





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