Have you ever needed to speak with someone in confidence?

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RocketJ
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   Posted 8/23/2012 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Some days the depression just envelops me like thick fog ... I woullld like to talk with someone, but I am uncomfortable with "depression" appearing on my medical records. I have so many good things going in my life, I shouldn't feel this way... but my mind just keeps spinning and spinning
 
But I often hear the old song playing in my mind - "is that all there is".
 
I am a guy 62 yrs of age, married for 42 years, have a good job, but don't know from week to week whether I'll get RIF'd.
This is complicated by a rather severe case of tinnitus that I can't seem to escape from.
 
I would really like to find a counselor that I could speak with on a confidential basis.
 
Any suggestions?
 
 

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   Posted 8/23/2012 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Counselors and psychologists are all suppose to keep everything in confidence. So don't be afraid of that. Many people now are seeing therapists. I don't think it would hurt a work record if that is what you are afraid of. Actually nobody has to know that you are going if you go.

I hope that you feel better soon.

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Joyoung
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   Posted 8/23/2012 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
RocketJ said...
Some days the depression just envelops me like thick fog ... I woullld like to talk with someone, but I am uncomfortable with "depression" appearing on my medical records. I have so many good things going in my life, I shouldn't feel this way... but my mind just keeps spinning and spinning


But I often hear the old song playing in my mind - "is that all there is".



I am a guy 62 yrs of age, married for 42 years, have a good job, but don't know from week to week whether I'll get RIF'd.

This is complicated by a rather severe case of tinnitus that I can't seem to escape from.



I would really like to find a counselor that I could speak with on a confidential basis.



Any suggestions?



Karen's right, counsellors keep a veil of confidence. I've utilised services of a few in the past and NEVER had any revelations of such on any employment inquiry, and I write of security lvl checks.

So , if you have the means and desire, do see a counsellor or therapist of your choice. Just getting it off your shoulders and having another 'walk' along side you - shoulder-to-shoulder, can be a relief in itself.

Best to ya...

BnotAfraid
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   Posted 8/24/2012 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I would start by talking honestly with your doctor.

Then if you want, seek out a therapist. the doc might even refer you to one.

Everyone is correct in that all of this confidental and protected by HIPPA laws. No one has to be told about this. Just that you have doc appointment. No big deal. getting a check up.

Depression is like any other illness, treat it like it needs to be cured, not hidden.

Stay strong.
Be still and know there is Peace.

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BrianJ (bne)
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   Posted 8/24/2012 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
RocketJ,

some years ago I attempted suicide and was off work for 16 months with depression. My employer was told only that I was on stress leave, even though I utilized counselling services provided by our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). My employer treated me with the utmost respect in returning me to work, guaranteeing my position or one at the same salary, allowing for my return on reduced hours till I was fully back to speed.

Since that time, I have seen 3 other counselors through the EAP and at different employers and those employers have never known. I was off work in 2009 for another 14 months and again had NO trouble at all. Your employer has no right to any Medical or Psychiatric records pertaining to you or your illnesses without your express written consent.

There are many resources available for counseling at no cost. I am a 52 yr old IT Professional and father of 3, 20+ yr old kids. So I understand your concern about be "labelled" or singled-out. Just remember one thing - you cannot be any good to someone else if you're no good to yourself.

Take care...

Brian
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You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.


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