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Can anyone that has taken disability leave because of stress/anxiety/depression share their story? I came back from the doctor and they strongly advised I take one and I’m looking for some hope.

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This is not advice, I actually advise against what I did. But I pushed back on this because I thought it would ruin my career after just changing gears and moving into advertising. I didn't want to be treated differently for not being able to handle it. I also have tools and a network (AA, therapist, psychiatrist) to help so I knew I would be okay. My psychiatrist was worried about me committing suicide. I was just so exhausted consistently working 60-70 hour weeks, my brain thought jumping in front of the train would bring me rest. I just don't think that my agency would be willing to let me take the break and then go back to a full workload, which I need to move up the chain all over again. I hope that yours would be understanding around this, but my agency is British and very compartmentalized regarding mental health. Any emotions other than chipper are frowned upon. I have had my hand slapped for being too negative while going through deep clinical depression.

CD1 - what was it like coming back to work? I’m very worried I’ll be marked or blacklisted when I come back.

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