Deep deppresion & Work

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   Posted 2/15/2007 4:07 AM (GMT -6)   

I haven't visited for many months sorry I miss you all

my last post was about being able to go back to work (long story) I managed to come to work in the morning on time, and leave on time, and I am no longer a temp I'm perminant, this is the 8th month I have received salary.

Thing are going great so far, but I am on very heavy meds >< . I have a tendassy to fall asleep at work, just for 10 seconds then I wake up and get out of the room goto a window smoke a cigarete to try and change the atmosphere here and maybe stop being so sleepy. It's sad I have become like this.

Also , I had problems at concentrating at something, like a book to read, for instance a book related to my work, which I'm supposed to read it and get certified. I duno why but every time I concentrate I start thinking about something else, something other than work. so boss is angry about my performance. ><

I'll visit my doctor in the next few months I usualy meet him every 6 months

Anyone here had these problems? do you think its the meds that make me do these things, I dont know ><
I heard bubgle gum is pretty effective, i sort of hate these things though.

I think I am better, but in general i'm very lazy wheather it is work or outside work. if I have nothing planed for the evening , i just sleep early at 8PM, wake up @4 and just sit there till my family wakes up and we have breakface and I go to work

I feel that the way I am doing it, feels like a routeen based life. I can't get out of it because I am so used to it
what I like to do to fill my time is to play games on my PC. I spend 4-5 hours on that usually, but I don't do it every day. just weekend usually and monday etc.
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Post Edited (Akram) : 2/15/2007 2:15:54 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/15/2007 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Akram
Fantastic you able to work now....
How about seeing your doc about your meds - explain your lack of concentration etc...
How much water do you drink during the day? Keeping your fluid intake up can really help you remain alert.
Exercise before or after work..really gets the blood circulating and clears the mind too :-)
Kep up the good work Akram.
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   Posted 2/15/2007 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I do not think it is laziness that you are experiencing. It sounds like the meds are what are making you so tired,hence the reason you are falling asleep at work and going to bed at 8.
What you need to do before you go to the Dr is figure out how long after you take your meds do you feel extra tired.
Is it an hour after? Two? Then if he wants to keep you on the same meds maybe readjust the time that you take them,or cut the dosage in half and don't take as much at once.
I too had that problem when I was on several types of meds,and even started cutting my pills in half. I would take them more throughout the day,rather than 1 or two times a day. And that really helped me cope with the tired part. This is something you should really talk to your doctor about first though.
Most depression pills have the side effect of making you tired.
If it is affecting your job I would get on it right away.
Good Luck,and Congrats on the job!
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   Posted 2/15/2007 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Akram,

I guess the first question I'd ask is if your boss or co-workers are noticing you nodding off.  I would take immediate steps to limit this if other people are noticing.  Smoking isn't a very good option, because getting up and moving around is better for you.  The nicoteine in cigarettes is only really effective in waking you up if you smoke two or three cigarettes, and you don't have that kind of time at work, plus it's really bad for you. 

Chewing gum is not a long term solution, and eventually it will give you headaches or TMJ.  Periodic jolts of caffeine help, so if you can get a cup of coffee or regular tea every hour or so, that could make a difference too.  Since you are waking up so early, a good exercise workout is a great way to get you mind and body alert.

I would make an appointment to see your doctor immediately, and see if he can switch around your medications.  In the meantime, if your boss and co-workers know about your problem, let them know it is due to medication (don't tell them what it is for), and that you are taking steps to change the situation.

As far as losing your concentration while reading a work text, everyone gets distracted from time to time, especially if you are bored with the subject matter.  Try to schedule your reading time during the day when you are most alert if you can. 

The distraction factor may come from playing the video games.  They are very addictive and can be very mind-numbing.  Instead, try playing word/number games like crossword puzzles or Soduku.  These make you actively use your brain, rather than numbing out your thoughts, which tend to be very limited when you are playing video games, which are much more hand/eye coordination based.  Also, video games are very addictive, and you can lose valuable time by spending hours and hours transfixed on the TV screen.

One last thing, try to boost your consumption of B vitamins, as these are good for energy.

Let us know how you are doing.

Leigh Ann cool

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                                             - Jimmy Buffett

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