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Old 11.07.2020, 15:42
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Re: Depressed and unsure who to tell

If your company is going to restructure and you feel your job is at risk, this is not helping the feeling of being depressed, as when it will certainly happen it will trigger more anxiety and feelings of rejection. It is not fun to go through redundancy, even when you know it is inevitable!
My advice is to think of a new start, open a new chapter in your life, find a new challenge. You could use a one month medical leave to dedicate to your job search.
The beauty in such approach is that you would have the feeling you do something for yourself not for your employer.
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Re: Depressed and unsure who to tell

Being a person who has been dealing with depression for a bit longer period of time:
- go for the meds asap. Good antidepressants help restore chemical brain balance (which is pretty much the result of depression). Yes, they increase the risk of suicide since they also 'unlock' the patient, also from the lack of strength and motivation to do so. Therefore ask a friend to check up on you regularly, since people react to the same meds differently. There are also some other side effects, but getting your brain to work normally so that you are able to handle the problems is a priority.

- if you are a man - find a male psychiatrist. This might sound weird, but if you are a man - a male psychiatrist will be more careful with prescribing medications that affect your sex drive. A common side effect of the SSRI is the reduction of it, but there are some really good meds that don't like Venlafaxinum of Tritticco. The same goes for psychotherapy.

- check your health in general, especially Sodium levels, thyroid hormones, vit. D levels. The defficiency of vit. D (easy to suplement) can result in depression and it's quite likely you need to take it anyway as most people in Europe suffer from the deficit. Thyroid malfunction or Hashimoto also can cause lack of energy and some other nasty things and high level of stress can trigger the said condition. (source: my gf has written her bachelor on that. She also suffers from Hashimoto, so I have a lot of insight on that).

Basically: check your body - just in case.

As obvious as it may seem - get some excercise. Walk home from work, do pushups - whatever gets you tired. I know this sounds like a post from captain obvious, but just try. This is one of the things my psychiatrist advised me to do (I play drums so this helps, but anything works) as this might increase the serotonin levels in your body.

Sadly I can not recommend you my psychiatrist as I live in Poland for the time being and he wouldn't be able to give you any prescription. But Venlafaxine and/or trittico are a good mix.
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