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Kitty i enjoying the sunshine, and has shown great skill in mapping out which parts of the house get sunshine at which times, and doing her rounds when she can.
As for the pilots, this sounds like a typically stupid ruling, if it is done in the way you describe. I remember WAY back in America there was a fuss when it was discovered that a Vice-Presidential candidate had once received treatment for depression, and I was quoted as saying that it was an UNtreated depresion that would be the risk --- and as they'd tolerated untreated psychopaths in office for decades, why the fuss ?
As in so many situation, there has to be a proper assessment and balance of risks. Drowsiness is not an inevitable side-effect of ADs, especially, like all side-effects, after the first week or two. Untreated depression could be more serious a risk, and of course any rigid rules of this sort would most probably mean that pilots would simply not disclose what treatment they were taking.
I can't recall any instance of any air emergency related to any pilor taking psych meds, but there was one never properly explained crash of a jumbo jet off New York, where there was chilling evidence that the pilot may have been suicidal, untreated, and may have deliberately crashed the plane into the sea.
And considering the rate at which pilots are discovered to be drunk on duty, antidepressants seem a much smaller worry
What you describe with regard to your fiance could be Depression, though other possible explanations could apply, too -- as usual the answer is to persuade him to get properly assessed, at least by a GP, providing the full information about symptoms and behaviours, and discuss the diagnostic possibilities as well a potential management of it.
Relationshhip counselling, even a few sessions, could also be useuful, to clarify for both of you what is and what isn;t going on.
Don't fall into the trap of blaming yourself if a partner gets miserable or angry --- you're marvellous, but you're not prozac with legs ! YOu may enable him to be happy, all else being equal, but we can't MAKE anyone happy when other things are working against that.
Thanks for the compliment, Happy and peaceful the retuirement is not, but so long as I can still be productive and helpful at times, it can still be fulfilling
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