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After you have been off work for a period of time, you may find that depression starts to loom it's heavy head.
Fight it as long and as much as you can.
Once it sets in, it's very difficult to get rid of. You might feel like "what's the use of even getting out of bed, all I have to do is clean up the house (or whatever)?" If you smoke, you might find yourself smoking more because you have too much time on your hands. You might sleep more because you may feel that you have no reason to get up and get dressed. You're stuck at home with much less money than you had to live on as before, and you aren't needed as much anymore.Then you could start to isolate yourself and start letting your answering machine catch all your calls.
Try to stop this before you get too deep!
Get on the telephone and find a counselor to talk to ASAP! Volunteer for something you are interested in but that doesn't make your illness worse, if you can get out. If you can't get out though, you have to make a routine for yourself to give yourself a reason to get out of bed in the morning.
Whether it's reading the paper (it's fairly inexpensive), enjoying your coffee, exercising and taking a shower, catching a favorite early morning program then making yourself get moving, just think of SOMETHING. If you sink into a deep deep depression your illness will get worse, much faster, and/or your pain will increase because you are being too sedentary. Your life is a gift - think of the reason you may have been put here for and take some action to make yourself feel better. Thinking positive will not only make you feel a little better, but may actually heal some of the pain you have.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|