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“The worst thing about depression is that when you’re in it, it’s hard to recognize.” – Tony, firefighter
Coping with Depression
Tony found himself struggling to cope with the daily stresses of his job as a firefighter and the added pressure of working with a new, more demanding boss. It became progressively harder to get out of bed in the morning, and he found his relationships with friends and family were suffering. One day, the pressure became too much and Tony cried on the job. At this point, he knew he had to take action.
Tony was surprised when his physician diagnosed him with depression. However, he found that his body responded positively to treatment. He learned that 1 in 10 people suffer from depression, and found comfort in the fact that he was not alone. He also found the courage to have tough conversations with his boss about the demands at work.
Tony’s response to his diagnosis allowed him to manage his depression and return to work in a healthier state of mind.