I thought it would be worth saying that I have received a few messages of support regarding my couple of posts on depression.
And that’s a high proportion of people who have read those blogs!
Thank you. I really appreciate it.
I already knew it was true that people are very supportive. I don’t think I’ve ever spoken to anybody about it without receiving anything but empathy.
I think it is really important that people can talk about mental health, because the natural option is that you don’t.
Depression is not the sort of thing you tend to talk about with colleagues (or clients). It’s not a brilliant idea to start sowing the seeds of doubt over your competence by mentioning such things.
It’s only worth it if you feel it can help you. Being able to talk to one or two people at work about such issues can prove invaluable.
For me, I think blogging might be a good solution. I’m at a bit of an impasse with depression in some respects.
It’s generally held in check by my medication. But I need to carry on addressing it in a constructive way, because there is this sort of “legacy issue”.
That is, if I don’t actively address my life, with the way that 15 years of low mood has conditioned me, low mood can snowball into something capable of puncturing my medication bubble.
I’m currently on the highest dosage allowed for fluoxetine, so any blip in my mood means either changing medication (which sounds risky to me) or addressing it through other means.
And quite frankly, better that I attack the low mood before it attacks me.