Depression !!!what others think

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I've been diagnosed with anxiety and depression only recently..As I work in the health care I felt something wasn't right as I was getting abrupt and snappy with patients which I never experienced before.I know that i have to deal and work at getting better but my main concern is my working collegues finding as my gp put down anxiety and depression. I feel many people still view depression with this stigma attached to it nomatter what.Also the ward manager is not very confidential as I have heard her speak bad of other staff. Could someone please advice me how to speak to this ward manager when I hand in my sick note without her judging. Thanks

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    Difficult, and we all understand how you feel on that one. When you do hand in your sick note, DO remind her that you are entitled to confidentiality. You'll know if she has breached it, if colleagues come to you to talk about it. If that happens, report it to someone at a higher level. Doctors, teachers, social service workers all are bound over by confidentiality, your ward manager is no different

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      Thank you iris46 for your reply and advice. The strange thing is that working in the caring profession I meet and deal with many patients who have a history of depression and I don't think twice about it seeing it as another illness and ensuring their treatment is managed. But unfortunately when it came to my own doorstep the first thing I thought what will work think. I appreciate and take on board what you're said...will keep updated regarding the boss!!!

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    The stigma is still there and not looking much better. Iris made good sense. You have to know the stigma is something you will have to deal with. How you do it is up to you. If you want to keep it quiet be careful who you confide in. People will suprise you even if you think you know them. We know it's no different than any other disease except for the ignorance of how others percieve it. Hope you don't have problems with your coworker. If she does break the confidentiality I would not have a second thought about reporting her. Hope all goes well for you.

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      Thank you barbara22845 for your reply. Very true words regarding the stigma and how I deal with it. Yes the only person that will know about the sick leave will be the manager and I certainly don't want to discuss it with any working collegues as I've learned from past experiences to keep silent.I will say to her about confidentiality so I'm really hoping that she will be very professional and keep it quite. Again many thanks for your advice x

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    Sad to say Michelle, if we talk about reactions to mental health illness we just cannot work out how a person will react to your illness.

    You say you are handing in a sick note, so you must have been on the sick or going on the sick. Whatever the situation is, if your Manager becomes unpleasant you could say the option of working or not depends on the attitude of the Manager, there is little you can do regard the problem you have and you are hoping to get better soon.

    With regard your Mood, you will be taking medication, I assume, could you ask for different duties until you can get yourself sorted, it may be worth a try, you will need to play it by ear.

    No-one including medical staff are excluded to an illness, everyone is human so if you feel you cannot cope and are taking out on Patients it may happen you need to take time of until you become more dynamic once more. 

    Whatever you decide you can always come here for support.

    Do not however become a slave to your condition, you need to recover


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