When does it end? I feel like every day is so much effort to be happy. I struggle with depression and suicidal ideation, for years. Exercise, meditate, journal. I’m always looking to better myself, I have hobbies, side hustle. My mother told me I should be medicated—nothing against medication, I have taken in the past, just did not appreciate the comment, it was hurtful. People need empathy. Medication is not going to help me find fulfillment in my career, or to find a life partner.

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I guess my point is that my extremely down moments come from things outside of my control, and I would suffer less under different circumstances. I have been working for 10 years to build a career and a life that I want, and I’m not where I want to be. I’ve faced abuse and harassment at work and in my personal relationships. It was dismissive to suggest that medication will solve these issues, and not to listen and understand. That’s why we pay people to listen to us I guess!

Do you have any exit opportunities from your current practice? Consulting environment is highly project dependent and while some people call it fluid, I struggle with managing that lifestyle, having a 60%+ predictability on my job even without promotion chance can help with anxiety. It’s a trade off you will need to decide.

It’s a great point - have to look out for no.1 thanks for the reminder, have been dinged in the past 🙃

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