144. Work and Depression

Sara gets up in the morning, eats breakfast, goes to a stressful job and somehow makes it through the day, comes home exhausted, half-heartedly engages with her children, eats supper, goes to bed, and awakes the next morning to the same ponderous and joyless routine. It can be a bleak life – that of working when depressed.

What can Sara do? The answer is to first take care of her depression before it drives her to crisis and hospitalization. Here’s a suggestion for Sara: talk to your family doctor and obtain a referral to see a psychiatrist who can prescribe medication, if needed, to stabilize your body; then find a good psychotherapist who can help you find the causes of your depression that lay deep in the memory of your soul (the lies that have taken over your mind and emotions); and finally seek out a spiritual mentor who can guide you to  bring God into the equation so you can find peace in your spirit.

But there is more. Find a friend or counselor that you can talk to about your work situation. First see how you can bring balance between your work life and your personal life. If it is your job that is contributing to your depression, seek a less stressful job or career that still pays a living wage. If that isn’t possible with your present skills, consider education at a community or technical college where you can be qualified for a new career in one or two years. It may be as a medical assistant and a job drawing blood for a medical lab; or a technician working in a testing lab; or an accountant working for a CPA firm. I worked at such a college; you can e-mail me with questions. If your depression is acutely severe, investigate the money you could draw with social security and long-term disability.

There is hope, Sara. There is always hope. Step back and assess your situation. Develop tools to cope with depression. Plan for your future with deliberation.  Ask for help.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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One Response to 144. Work and Depression

  1. Robert Farquhar says:

    Very sound suggestions & ideas. Attending to the body, soul and spirit is essential.

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