Retired: I'm not living anymore.....just existing.
(Chippewa Falls, WI)
I've worked outside the home all my life. I've been divorced for 11 years, have one son that is married and lives 10 hours away.
I've had anxiety, depression problems since age 7. Between medication and therapy it was kept pretty much under control. A year and 1/2 ago, I was laid off from a telecommunications company of which I had been employed as a lineman(lady)for the past 26 years. Of course I also lost my medical benefits. I do have some insurance, but nothing like I had when employed.
No medications seem to help. I feel so alone.
I don't feel like leaving the house, and don't unless I have to. I cry all the time. And things I used to enjoy doing I no longer enjoy. I don't even know who I am anymore, this just isn't the "me" that I've known all those years. How much can one endure day after day?
I really need some help/advise.
Wendy: I'm certainly not qualified to help with depression issues, but is this is part of your retirement transition, it IS difficult. You need something to do each day.. whatever that something is for you.
Can you volunteer locally to force yourself out the door daily? Can you start a blog (and write to the world daily)? Find your previous hobbies online and find new friends to discuss them with?
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