Depression

Question
Posted by: | 2018/05/14

Q.

What is the worst that could happen?

Good day, I have been diagnosed with major depressive symptoms. I am on an anti-depressant and I am seeing a psychologist. I have been so overwhelmed these past few months with depression, managing work and home life that i have stopped feeling any empathy and compassion for anyone. I've become emotional numb. I am going through the motions putting up this facade of being ok. Hence my marriage is suffering as I do love my husband but feel very little. My psychologist recommended a stress clinic but I will not be able to get from work due to new system implementations. My question to you is what is the worse that could happen to me both physically and mentally?

Expert's Reply

A.

Depression expert
- 2018/05/24

Firstly, I'm sorry that someone, I don't know who, has caused needless delays in putting your question to me, so I can answer it.  
Sounds like a reasonable and orthodox treatment plan. Maybe you're finding it a bit harder than it might be, because of carrying a full load of work and home responsibilities. Could you reduce those stresses even moderately, for a couple of months ?
Antidepressants can be helpful for some people, but people taking them often report this sensation of being emotionally numb. So this could be a drug effect.
What is necessary for the best outcome is a good and realistic treatment plan. I can understand the temptation for your psychologist, to want you to be admitted to a clinic, because it an be easier to control these situations when someone is in bed and with nurses available !  In my experience, though, some people, perhaps like yourself, who are workaholics, being required to be in a clinic while something important is going on at work, may be more stressful than being able to deal with important work matters, even with some sensible delegation of some tasks to colleagues.

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