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I've suffered with depression for years.

Tags: Stress

I have suffered with depression for several years, I am on 225mg venifaxine daily. I had been feeling better and had been reducing to 150mg on alternate days. However, I have recently become overwhelmed at work and returned to my full dose.

Over the years I have had a number of outbursts of emotion and anger at work which has been resolved, but this week I reacted to my boss muttering under her breath at my lack of interest in what she was saying. This resulted in a shouting match between us which I do regret. The directors obviously cannot accept this behaviour from me and I can either leave or go through disciplinary procedure.

I don't want to leave the job that I love and have had for nearly 12 years, but I do not have the strength to fight. I need help.

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I think it is very sensible to get some help. You need to try and work out what the best course of action is. If you have a union at work, they may be able to offer you some support.

Your doctor will be able to provide you with details of a counsellor or a psychologist. Talking about how you are feeling with a counsellor may help you cope better. A psychologist will be able to teach you some coping techniques to use in times of stress, which could help prevent these outbursts happening again.

As you are known to suffer from depression, your doctor could write to your work and explain your situation further. They may be able to take this into account and offer you more support while you have some further treatment/counselling (in that hope that when you are feeling better you will be able to prevent these outbursts in the future and keep hold of your job).

Answered by Dr Emmajane Down.


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