Hi, I’m new here. I was diagnosed with depression just before last Christmas, looking back, my condition worsened over about 18 months but finally came to a head when I found that I was unable to function on a very basic level; I couldn’t read, I couldn’t work out how to open the door at work and I was even struggling to speak - I felt like a sack of spuds!
I was offered counselling by my employer (for 6 sessions) which I attended whilst I tried 3 different medications - I really struggled with 2 due to palpitations and visual disturbances etc. The meds my GP gave me 4 weeks ago have had no detrimental effects and I’ve been doing pretty well. I can’t say I feel brilliant but I’m functioning well most of the time.
I’m due to see my GP this week - my sick note runs out on Friday but I’m really anxious about returning to work, primarily because my job is very stressful. I had a meeting with our HR rep about 10 weeks ago, we discussed how my workload could be reduced and the other contributing factors. I was promised that major change was about to happen (a ‘keep the faith’ speech) but I’ve not heard anything from her since; a colleague told me that nothing has changed.
I experienced what I can only describe as a melt-down a couple of days ago when I was confronted with a stressful situation. I know I will have to return to work but I don’t know if I am ready to return or if I can ever face that job again.
Do you think it’s wise to return if my employer doesn’t make the necessary changed to support me? :S