That took me by Surprise
(Dundas Ontario Canada)
I had to close my psychotherapy practice, sell the house we worked out of, and let my office manager and staff go. After 30 years it was a shock. I had put everything I had into the practice.
I got sick very suddenly, well not really, but i didn't really know how sick I was until it came to a crisis and I had three major surgeries in 10 months. That left me greatly aged, and very unwell.
I had lost the people I had spent every day with for the last 30 years, the beautiful old century home we worked out of, and all my colleagues and clients that I was used to seeing all the time.
I had spent most of my time working and several close friends had died, including my sister. I suddenly looked like an ugly old woman.
I had little social life and no life partner. And I didn't feel well enough to go out an meet people or do anything.
So I have been struggling with a very bad depression. I hardly know this person I have become.
Wendy: Karly - Imagine other new retirees and how they feel, you have the psych background and it still happened to you.. others don't and they are sad, depressed, anxious and even angry at retirement.
First, I have Retirement Transition email group if you'd like to chat with us as the days and weeks go by... it helps!
Second, If you'd ever consider writing about retirement depression / anxiety, I'd love to have your thoughts on my website to help others through the darker retirement days. Just a thought... you could help others from your own home!