I'm a 51 year old female and I believe I have suffered with depression most of my adult life. About 3 years ago, I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder, severe anxiety and PTSD. My mother had depression at at 50 (I was 14), she committed suicide. I try really really hard to deal with it and not have it control my life, but lately, it has been. I started a new job about 6 months ago and have missed a large amount of days already. Like many, I don't feel comfortable talking about it with my employer. Let's face it, in today's times, they don't really care. If you can't do your job, they'll find someone who can. I woke up really depressed this morning. It was very difficult to get out of bed and I couldn't stop crying. I tried taking a vacation day from work, but my boss sent me a message saying she needs to speak with me about my absences. I know they have been excessive, but not more than I have the sick/vacation days I have earned. We won't have this talk until after the holidays. Now that's making my anxiety worse. Does anyone have any advise on how to approach this with my supervisor to help her understand what I go through on a daily basis?View Thread
I don't share it with anyone except my oldest sister. My depression has caused me to miss a lot of work in the past. I've tried sharing it with my employer...that ended up costing me my last 2 jobs. I've been working at a new job for the last 6 months and have again, missed a lot of time. Now my current boss wants to talk about my absences. I dread it! People just don't get it...especially employers. They want you to just toughen up and deal with it. I don't know what to do and all this just adds to my depression/anxiety. It's an endless cycle for me!!View Thread
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