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"Depression due to workplace stresses."

About: Lives Lived Well – New Access Low Intensity Mental Health

(as the patient),

My last job role was as a warehouse all-rounder. I was feeling underutilised & not appreciated for my efforts. These seemly small problems had a major impact on me mentally; affecting my workplace attitude & my attitude towards my wife & child. I found myself isolating from my family after work, not contributing to household or parental duties & being easily aggravated by my wife & child; who did not deserve that kind of treatment. Worst of all, I started having thoughts of wanting to harm others, I was thinking about causing serious injury to my work colleagues. It was at this time I sort help.

To get help, I booked a doctors appointment but as the aforementioned thoughts of harming others got stronger, I did something uncharacteristic & got myself to hospital. There I was started on antidepressants & followed up with the previously booked doctors appointment. While monitoring my medication, the doctor pointed me towards Lives Lived Well & this where I meet Paula.

I resigned from my job, as I had enough & needed to get out of that environment. From there I entered into the New Access program.

After the first week of working with Paula, my problem was identified, the steps I took before entering the program were discussed, we evaluated the pros & cons of those choices & discussed steps to take moving forward.

The second week was a week of small victories, I was able to start contributing to household duties, improve my relationship with both my wife & daughter plus enjoy a family outing together.

Although I experienced minor success in the program so far, the struggle was still very real. While I was improving in certain aspects of my life; all the other responsibilities that come with life raised their head.

The third week was the setback week, finances were becoming a problem. I had quit my job but due to how I was feeling I didn't want to apply for centrelink. Turned out that my wife & I got really far behind in rent & affording food was also an issue. With Paula's assistance we were able to get enough food to help us out & the rental issue was cleared up by getting a loan from a family member.

The rest of my time with Lives Lived Well was pretty much routine, this is an abridged version of my struggle & how I came out the other side of all this in one piece.

At the time of this post I'm still dealing with some issues but I have the confidence that I am able to deal with these on my own. Paula of Lives Lived Well has helped me in ways I never thought possible. At the moment I'm currently changing careers & am signed up with TAFE to do a Diploma in Counselling.

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Response from Lives Lived Well 4 months ago
Submitted on 17/01/2022 at 3:51 PM
Published on Care Opinion at 4:55 PM


Dear Wobbly123,

Thank you for taking the time to describe your situation so thoroughly. It seems like things have been very difficult recently.

You should commend yourself for identifying your depression and noticing your feelings, and other changes in your behaviour, mood and thought processes - which ultimately got you to hospital for a full assessment and referral to New Access.

There are so many pressures in today's world, and it has been made tougher with the pandemic so please be kind to yourself.

I will pass on your story to Paula and let her know how much she was able to help you. It is fantastic to know there are people out there who know how to help. At Lives Lived Well, we believe 'with the right support, people can change' - and Paula has obviously been this support for you. Be confident to reach out for help when you need it.

It is also great to hear that you can now enjoy family time, that you are contributing to the household chores and are looking at a new career. Well done.

All the very best for a bright future in counselling and continue seeking support when you need it. There are up days, and down days - recognise them and reach out!

Kind regards,

Lara

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