I'm having a hard time.....

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   Posted 10/26/2011 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
hi everyone, Display here.

i'm having a hard time. just to give you some background, i was hospitalized in May with Major Depressive Disorder. i am on Cymbalta, Effexor and Lamotrigine. I sometimes wonder if I am on enough anti-depressant, as I keep experiencing symptoms. i am diagnosed as bipolar.

about 10 days ago i lost my job due to a layoff. now i am trying to find a new job, which isn't easy even if you're NOT depressed.

i have been sleeping a lot.

one of my biggest problems is talking to friends and relatives about my depression. i hate to be a constant bummer to them. i know they want to help, but it's hard to tell them what is really going on. for example, some days i don't know that i really want to live. some days i just feel like doing nothing but sleeping. it's hard to talk to anyone about this.

i do have a therapist/counselor that i see once a week.

don't know what else to say - would appreciate some encouragement.
I added a subject to your thread.  Hugs, Karen

Post Edited By Moderator (getting by) : 10/26/2011 7:04:02 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/26/2011 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear about your struggle =( Are you able to collect unemployment due to the layoff?

I want to sleep most of the day as well. I can't talk to any of my family about any of it because I just don't have an open/caring family. And I have literally no friends, so you're not alone in how you are feeling.

This is a great forum for finding support and encouragement, so I'm glad you found us. Feel free to give us updates on your progress. I'm also glad to hear you are seeking counseling. And I wish you the best of luck in the job hunt! Things are so difficult right now...but just keep a positive outlook and apply everywhere you can. It's a lot of work but things can spiral downward even farther very quickly if you give up hope.

getting by
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   Posted 10/26/2011 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, being that you were laid off it really does sound like you should get unemployment, unless you weren't there long enough. Let us know about that.

Keep positive and pound the streets. Don't just do it all on line, go into the establishment and let them know how interested you are. Depending on what you are lookinf for, such as retail, with the holidays coming up, there are more jobs avaliable. But I don't know what kind of work that you do, so I don't know what type of work you are looking for.

Just keep moving forward, one step at a time. Never give up. Something will come up. But you really have to be proactive. Working hard on getting a job.

I am so happy to hear that you do have a counselor. Make sure that you share everything with them and that you let them know that the meds should be working better.

Keep posting, Let us know how you are doing.

Hugs, Karen
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