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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/24/2009 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I am currently unemployed and living with my parents because my depression has gotten so bad and I am waiting for the medication to work more before I can gather the confidence to go out and get a job. (I quit a very prestigious job last year because I was experiencing a severe manic episode caused by lexapro). Does anyone else have this problem where you fear to get a job because you are afraid that you will not be able to handle the responsibilities? I fear the commitment of having to come in every day and be in a good mood. I cannot predict what stressors will set me off into anxiety/depression, yet I feel that I need to get a job eventually. Mostly, I have a fear of the unknown; not knowing who I will be working with or how the job will be in general. If anyone has any advice I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

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   Posted 2/24/2009 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Catherine,

I think the best thing to do is to try & take one day at a time & stay in the moment, stop thinking about the "what if's" and whats going to happen tomorrow, just think about what is going on right now, then you'll be less stressed about the unknown, plus the unknown is only unknown until you know it!
"The Optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose."
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning to dance in the rain"

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 2/24/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
It`s a good thing you are waiting for your meds to work by then you will feel better about yourself .
Try some possitive affamations about yourself .tell yourself you can do it " " you have the power to succeed "" the ability to feel happy about yourself "" that you can do this "" everyone started off new and now it`s your turn see how well they other workers have adapted and that you can also .
Write a little reminder note for each day that you are just important as the person next to you .
This is all i can think of i hope it works for you i wish you luck in the future .

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   Posted 2/24/2009 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Catherine,

I agree with the others, wait until the medications kick in and then take it one day at a time. I think that you are a lot stronger than you think you are.

Best wishes for a wonderful day.

Hugs, Karen
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 2/24/2009 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I understand what you're saying. The only way we'll know is to give it a try at some point. But is there a way you could work part time for a while? I know that would be a big help when I start trying to work again. It wouldn't be as tiring and stressful and would let you build your confidence back up.

I'm finding that anxiety is the keystone thing that has to be under control. There are a lot of ways to cope with being a little depressed. But once anxiety sets in everything seems to cascade downwards. Are you on a mood stabilizer?
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"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened." (Mark Twain)

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/24/2009 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you everyone for your replies. They are very helpful. Rich, yes I am on a mood stabilizer, lamictal. I am on a fairly low dosage so I need to wait a little while before I will really know if it is helping. I am better than I was a few months ago, but I still have quite a bit of anxiety and seem to have obsessive negative thoughts about this whole job thing. I got called for an interview tomorrow for a part time job and have been pretty anxious about it. They have put me on klonopin but I think the dosage is too small. Thank you once again. It is great to have support!
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