I wanted a place where we could get advice and support.
Difficult one - I'm a bit wary of asking others he's been in contact with on Twitter. Not really fair if they don't know about his depression and he wouldn't want them to know.
Off into work early again. Can't decide whether to walk or drive at the moment.
By 'eck - hope it goes OK today.
SOLB - hope you're OK.
Thanks for the ((hugs)) - no need to worry about me, I am still lurking but just very busy at work and trying to stay upbeat.
I hope things go OK for the By Eck's today x
*leaves spare hugs and tea for Bricki*
Oh, thats pants, by 'eck. Don't know what else to say.
by 'eck - is there any follow-up at all? I hope you are not left struggling again on your own. That sounds a bit of a shambles. Hope its better than that.
Can I do a bit of my indulgence please? Mr Soup has now been admitted to Exeter Hospital for pain management and observation. In one way I'm relieved because he was struggling so much but I'm now sat in the hotel room on my own and wondering if I should extend the room stay and phone work. I'm meant to be going home tomorrow for work on Wednesday. I will see what tomorrow brings and extend the room anyway.
Sorry to hear your news Soupy, hopefully he will be on the mend. You're right to see what tomorrow brings, no point in making solid plans at the moment until you know what tomorrow is, NHS can be quick to discharge if they think everything is under control.
Hugs needed all round methinks. (((everyone)))
You really could have done without that by 'eck. Do hope you can get sorted soon.
Soupy - I hope your employer is understanding when it comes to these things. You certainly ought to stay around there if you need to.
Caz - any word from SOLB?
Thanks for the comments regarding my blog, all very encouraging!
It's interesting to read that others have been writing things down to help deal with problems and also interesting that there was worry others would see what was written.
I'm worried about this too as my parents, brother and quite a few friends and colleagues have no idea about my issues, so they haven't read my blog. I will tell them one day as I know how liberated I feel when I've told others, but my mum worries too much as it is!
Not sure when I'll run again as the pavements and roads are very dodgy, so I hit the turbo trainer again this evening which did the trick.
Not heard from Solb today, but I tend to mainly talk to people in the evening. I did hear from her yesterday though.
There seem to be a lot of quiet people at the moment. I hope they are all ok. I just wanted to let them know that I had noticed their absence.
CTP - it's been a major issue with me as to who to tell about my issues. I've not told any family at all and am wary of doing so - partly because of the worry issue being much the same as with you. I'm also wary of management at work finding out as well. I suppose because of that, there are probably some things I don't say on here - but I'll come out with most things because the support I get back is worth taking the chance for. It's more where things involve other people that I think it's sometimes not fair to put stuff on about them. So I think it's just a case of using a bit of common sense and discretion at times.
Weather forecast shows a thaw come the weekend. Just means another frustrating week in the meantime. Had my walk into work today as an alternative to a run.
CTP and LR - same. My family do not know and I'm not sure if i would ever tell them. Both my parents are doctors and this has stopped me going to a gp. I have had help through confidential support places which has been good...but I just can't tell GP/parents. Even though it would b confidential me telling a GP, it would inevitably get back to my parents somehow..and further more if I had gone to a GP for help I would have had to declare it to my new work, which I just can't do. It's tricky enough starting out in a big company, especially as a woman when it's male dominated, but add in the depression and I fear I would be hindered right from the off. Its a shame, but until peoples (especially work place) attitudes change towards mental illness, there will always be caution when employing people with one. I don't feel having had problems has in any way affected my working ability - if anything I focus more on work and work harder than colleages as it's a distraction...but public perception is still, sadly, that having had mental health issues, this makes me 'weaker'....*sigh*I hope all those who are struggling are ok. You have a lot of support here so just stay strong.
Solb has reported in. She's feeling a bit withdrawn which is why she hasn't been around
I've just finished peppermint tea
For me, going to my GP happened when I got to a point that I just couldn't cope anymore. My main concern about going onto anti-depressants were possible side effects - more of a concern if I'm taking them without other people knowing. As it turns out, I've been OK there. I do feel I need more help though and have another appointment due soon - but my concern there is that I cannot just disappear off work at odd times for appointments without an explanation.
I often think I should speak up at work - because if people don't then how will attitudes ever change. Trouble is for us - we know our livelihood is at stake.
So I would say that if you really have to do something - make it the GP, take the chance and don't declare it at work. You have to decide what's best - there are options - just all of them are tough ones.
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