by Cindy G
I’m a retired Special Education Teacher. I taught since 1985. I retired in December when our school district went bankrupt. We were offered the Golden Handshake. It all came so fast!
I found myself staying in bed binging on TV for days. I have trouble leaving the house. I have felt sad and lost. My identity has always been being a Special Ed Teacher. It’s all I had ever done professionally. I miss my friends at work I miss my kids. I’ve felt left behind and isolated because their lives go on and I have felt stuck.
I have suffered from anxiety and depression for many years. I have been on medication for years. It has really helped my quality of life. After being miserable for months my Psychiatrist recommended I get more support. I’m in a therapy program now and feel so much better .
Depression is a Real Medical Illness. Reading these stories, it sounds like seeking professional help for depression could be very helpful!
So many people say how "wonderful" retirement is... How "busy" we will be! The reality is that we have to forge out a new way of life. It has been daunting scary and depressing.
But now I’m feeling better. I’m more able to put myself out there and reach out to others.
I hope others when are suffering with depression will seek medical help and mental health services.
Best of luck!