Suffering with Chronic Depression

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surfnode
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   Posted 8/9/2012 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

I was signed off last week with Chronic Depression and have been off work since a week thursday - so nearly 10 days I guess.

My work has told me that I should not feel obliged to return until I am feeling better.

Doc gave me sick-note which says I have Chronic Depression.

I have suffered with several years with an addiction to internet **** and had previously come off it however recently have been having severe addicting problems with using it frequently.

I have come off it now 2 days ago and feel that it may have been contributing to my depression.

I am due to go and see the doctor again tomorrow to get another sick-note and was wondering if I should mention the **** addiction to him? However embarrassing that is?!

I also have an appointment next week with a wellness consultant - should I mention this to them also?

I was asked by doc last week whether I would like to go on anti-depressants? I said I was not sure as they had given me bad side-effects in the past upsetting my stomach and giving me flu-like symtoms.

I am feeling low, lethargic, seem to be having problems sleeping or wanting to goto bed.
No feeling of wanting to do anything, getting very anxious when going to super market, extreme headahce, aching all over, feeling cold even though its like 22c outside!

HELP!! :(

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 8/9/2012 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
i agree to being honest with your care professionals.
music helps me. know that we care. depression sucks,
but it is treatable. well done for making your appts.

sending many healing compassionate thoughts your way.

jamie.
EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE PERSONALITY DISORDER,

RAPID CYCLING BI-POLAR DISORDER

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

BnotAfraid
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   Posted 8/10/2012 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Surfnode,

Honesty is the only thing that will let the doctors help you get through your depression.

Depression is an illness. Needs to be seen and treated as one. Just like diabetes or heart desease.

Addictions are part of depression they can go hand in hand, you most likely will need to see a therapist to break the behavior. This is a good thing! You will learn new coping skills and meet people that have have the same issues you do. You will not fill so odd and isolated!

Keep posted here and let us know how you are doing. We care.

Trina
Be still and know there is Peace.

Kabir says: "Student tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath". from the poem Breath.
DX: reverse Trigeminal Neuralgia;Cluster headaches; Atypical face pain; raynauds;complex PTSD; recurring MDD,disassociative disorder;

Fiery1
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   Posted 8/19/2012 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Just read your post and wanted to offer my encouragement to you. Depression is tough to deal with, added addictions complicate any mental illness. I have suffered with depression for a long time, lost work because of it, ended up in a psych unit for a few days even.  Honesty is the best way to help yourself, no matter how embarrassing. I wish you all the best as your journey to healing begins. It will all be worth it.

Post Edited (Fiery1) : 8/19/2012 9:26:41 PM (GMT-6)


getting by
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   Posted 8/20/2012 4:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Fiery1,

Welcome to the depression forum. I just noticed that you were new and wanted to welcome you.

Hugs, Karen...
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surfnode
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   Posted 8/22/2012 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Went to a mental health assessment today and was good to get a lot off of my chest!

Concluded after 40 mins that it appears I have some kind of Social Anxiety Phobia and this is the reasoning for feeling depressed and anxious a lot.

I am due to be doing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in a few weeks time as part as a course that will deal with this.

I have been off work for 3 weeks now and am due to go back on Tuesday however I am feeling particularilly nervous about this.

I have emailed the HR department if I can have a 'phased' return to work after mentioning this today in my my assessment - they thought it would be a good idea to help my progress.

Id quite like to work part-time as apposed to full time as I feel that I would cope better - I don't think my work would honor this though.
//Surfnode

BnotAfraid
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   Posted 8/22/2012 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I think you will like CBT once you get going with it. I found it useful in dealing with day to day stuff.

Good Start!
Be still and know there is Peace.

Kabir says: "Student tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath". from the poem Breath.
DX: reverse Trigeminal Neuralgia;Cluster headaches; Atypical face pain; raynauds;complex PTSD; recurring MDD,disassociative disorder;

Recoveryme2day
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   Posted 8/23/2012 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Good for you surfnode, I had 3 years of CBT and it did wonders for all of my issues, I have addiction stuff too, as well social anxiety, etc., etc. but that's a really good place to start and keep us posted, it was really brave of you to post about your addiction and it might help someone else who is suffering and is hiding it out of fear.
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Brain Tumor 2nd, crainiotomy 2002, radiation 2007, mild scoliosis, carpal tunnel, surgical menopause, 44yrs old and on disability since 2009.

surfnode
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   Posted 8/25/2012 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I am going back to work on tuesday and will be doing 4 hour shifts for the next week and then they will be adding more hours on each week until Im back to doing normal shifts again - they have been fairly understanding about me being ill and have been supportive so that is good.
//Surfnode

getting by
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   Posted 8/25/2012 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I am happy for that. It always makes a huge difference when the workplace works with an individual. My last job I had was like that. They worked around my limitations even though it really wasn't fair to the other employees. I am older though so it really helped me.

Good luck with your job. Keep us posted as to how it goes.

Hugs, Karen
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BnotAfraid
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   Posted 8/25/2012 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear the good news!
Be still and know there is Peace.

Kabir says: "Student tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath". from the poem Breath.
DX: reverse Trigeminal Neuralgia;Cluster headaches; Atypical face pain; raynauds;complex PTSD; recurring MDD,disassociative disorder;
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