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Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by kji, Sep 23, 2020.

  1. kji

    kji New commenter

    Just want to see what your thoughts are...

    I have a long history of depression. I’m in my second year at a school. I havn’t had to take any time off for depression. I’m starting to feel like everything is too much. The sleepless nights have started, feeling irritable, weepy and overwhelmed.

    I’m fighting being signed off. I know if I do I’ll never go back.

    I just don’t know what to do. Should I share how I’m feeling with the school or keep quiet?

    the school is going through huge change and development and I’m worried I’ll look like a weak link.

    what do you think?
  2. lantan

    lantan New commenter

    You need to see your GP ASAP!
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  3. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    If you had a broken leg or heart problems, you'd be along to see your doctor. So if your neurons aren't quite firing right why not get that sorted?
    Short term you need to get the depression sorted.
    Medium to long term you need to think about what you really want from life and how you earn your living. That's difficult in this time of covid.
    Your decision making for the long term may well be sounder if you aren't miserable with depression, so take the time for recovery.
    If you don't do anything, how will you get back to normal? That's not really a rhetorical question, I don't know enough about you or your disease to know what the answer is

    Look after yourself and give yourself at least one little feelgood luxury every day.
  4. JessicaCampbell74UWZ

    JessicaCampbell74UWZ New commenter

    If I were you, I would contact a specialist to solve these problems. I wish you good health!
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  5. Lakes1975

    Lakes1975 New commenter

    1. Contact your union. Always an excellent source of advice and guidance. That must be your first stop.

    2. Can you pinpoint the problems at work precisely? Try writing these down. When you see it written clearly then that might help you to identify potential ways forward. Instead of referring to too much change, can you perhaps try to specify what the exact issues are?
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  6. zetafunction

    zetafunction New commenter

    Put your wellbeing and health first, the school will take care of itself no matter how acute the situation.
  7. BenjaminBoxer

    BenjaminBoxer New commenter

    Had a meltdown in my car on the way home last night. Just managed to get home. Overwhelmed by worries about schools closing (daily supply teacher). Feeling better today. Remember that in these challenging times it's okay to be feeling the pressure. Where I am now ( v long term supply) I can open up a bit about the strains of being employed day to day. I trust people. Where you are? I wouldn't. Do see your GP. There may be an anti depressant for you. I tried a number. With one I dreamt of crocodiles climbing out the wall!!. But overall none of them helped long term so haven't taken for years. But they could work for you- awful lot better than giving up a secure job in Covid times.

    Longer term, remember that depression is v likely to return if the original cause still there. One strategy that helps me is to focus on small positives cooking something successful, sitting in a nice garden. Try not to take on board worries that you personally cannot change, the big problems of the world. But returning to the top, nothing works all the time!
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  8. kji

    kji New commenter

    Thanks for the messages and advice everyone. I’ve had these issues since childhood but things weren’t diagnosed then. I work with my doctor and therapist but at the moment the feelings of being overwhelmed come out of nowhere and are visceral. I spoke to my SLT link - we have no HOD. She was supportive and I have spoken to my union who have given me advice. Hopefully things will settle down
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  9. kji

    kji New commenter

    when I’m in the classroom doing my job I’m happy. I have good relationships with my students and they make progress. It’s all the other dept politics that I struggle with. Just going to try and keep my head down
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  10. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    It’s probably worse at the moment because of the changes in working practices et cetera as a result of Covid. Lockdown and depression are not a good mix. You appear to be doing all the right things, but don’t be afraid of taking time off if you need to; your health is most important.
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  11. ronnieg

    ronnieg New commenter

    You CAN come back from it - hit me a few times in 30 years. You need to look after yourself and listen to your body. Take care
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