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.