In Need Of Help Getting Time Off Work To Battle Depression
Posted 01 March 2007 - 04:51 PM
I am new to the boards but a vet when it comes to depression. I have been dealing with it since childhood and I am currently 29. The last 10 years in particular have been difficult. I have never been out of the depression. I have had times that are better and some that were much, much worse. So I made it through 3 years of college. Depression ofcourse made it almost impossible and I finally dropped out. I totally withdrew for a couple years. I never held down a job in that time and barely left the house.
Finally I managed to get a job and keep it. Then from there through a connection mangaged to get a much better job. (50,000.00 a year with great benefits.) Problem is the stress in this field is horrible. The hours are long and difficult. Also we are treated poorly by management. It is a really tough enviorment. The good thing is I would have never imagined a couple of years ago I could hold down such a position. But I have managed for the last 2 years.
Now I am falling back into a deep depression again and my work performance is suffering. I have been on medication for over a year now. I have never taken time off from work for this. But I fear I am going to lose my job if this is not taken care of. How do I get time off? Which Dr. do I need to get time off? Can I go to my psychologist(counselor) or my psychariast (prescription doctor).........please forgive me if I got those backwards. Are these people willing to give time off or are they hesitant. They have never offered it up by any means. Thansk for any advice in advance.
Posted 01 March 2007 - 06:57 PM
Posted 01 March 2007 - 07:40 PM
Edited by bummerman8870, 01 March 2007 - 08:00 PM.
Posted 01 March 2007 - 08:03 PM
I think that's the right wording. Yo ushould talk to both of your docs. One of them will know about it, I bet.
Good luck. I missed 2 and 1/2 months last year due to hospitalization, shock therapy, ect. I know how the stress can be overwhelming. Hope things improve. We're here for you.
Posted 02 March 2007 - 02:24 AM
Definitely re read the info on your benefits, find out what fits the situation the best, and how to go about getting the time off. You need it, so don't put it off for too long, it will only get worse. Better to take some time off now than to lose your job later when you are feeling down.
Let us know what happens, I wish the best for you!
Posted 02 March 2007 - 07:07 AM
Posted 02 March 2007 - 09:06 AM
If you are in the US, you are entitled to 12 weeks of leave under the Family Medical Leave Act. This Act does not provide you with wages but protects your job for that the 12 week period. There are a few qualifiers though; you must have worked a certain number of hours for the prior 12 months and been with the company for 12 months. Talk to your benefits department about this.
I needed to take a leave last year to get my depression under control; I was falling apart in every part of my life. My pdoc filled out the paperwork, but my tdoc could have as well. Your company will decide if your condition meets the criteria for a sever medical condition, using FMLA guidelines. While my boss was not that supportive of the fact I wasn't there to do my work, he had no choice. To this day he does not know why I was off.
After I returned to work I did so on a part time basis for 6 weeks, working only 3 then 4 days per week. That time also counted against FMLA.
If you have vacation, personal or sick time available you can use that to cover your lost wages. Some companies require you take this time during your FMLA.
I fought the time off for a while, too long, and ended up much worse. Your doctors will support your decision.
I wish you luck.
Courage doesn't always roar; sometimes its the voice at the end of the day that says "I'll try again tomorrow".
Posted 02 March 2007 - 10:11 AM
One nice thing is I am alsost 100 percent sure that we get paid leave for 3 months and 3 months paid at %80 of your wages....after that I think you have to go on disability or something.
Edited by bummerman8870, 02 March 2007 - 10:13 AM.
Posted 02 March 2007 - 11:31 AM
Posted 02 March 2007 - 01:22 PM
Posted 02 March 2007 - 01:29 PM
If you are faxing the time off request to your HR dept. they can or will tell your manager that you will be off work for a period of time. They may question the "indefinite" part of the note from your tdoc. You do not have to tell them why you will be off work as it is a need-to-know basis. If you will be off longer than what your company will pay, you will need to go onto disability. Are you in a state that has employee funded benefits (any portion of your paycheck have a deduction for SDI?)
Let us know how you are doing.
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Posted 02 March 2007 - 01:33 PM
i just wanted to post because i find the difficulty you have in the us getting time of work very hard to understand it must make things really difficult for you when you feel bad anyway. i live in the UK and i go to see my GP and he issues me a sick note for the length of time he feels fit, i take that to my manager and he sorts out my sickness with HR and wages they have no need to know the reasons for my leave. currently i have been of for 3 months at 2 weeks at a time i visit my GP each 2 weeks for another note and my manager is fine.
if im off long term i claim sickness benefit from the welfare state as is.
i never realised how lucky i was to be English.
good luck bummer man and hope it works out for you, don't go back till you are ready and take things easy.
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the night is yours alone,
when you're sure you've had enough of this life,
well hang on.
Don't let yourself go, 'cause everybody cries and everybody hurts sometimes
(everybody hurts REM)
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Posted 02 March 2007 - 02:42 PM
I suppose you are at the point with this that you know if you don't leave this depression is going to put your job on the line? That's how I felt, that is why I made the decision to take a medical leave a little over half a year ago.
My doc knew I'd been depressed, he'd had me on medications that I was getting tired of taking and I was slowly tapering off them when I started this new job. About 7 months into the job I was stressed out beyond all belief and had been having regular appointments with my doctor so he had been able to keep tabs on how I was doing. He knew I was still depressed and at the breaking point. So all it took was asking him for his word that I needed the time. We talked about how much time I'd need to get back on my feet and he simply wrote it down. My employer did not cover short term disability so I had to get employment assistance through the government. All these little details were a lot for me to handle at the time, but I'm glad I did it. It turns out that I did not go back to the job though, due to the nature of the stress I was experiencing, and it being instigated almost completely by the work atmosphere. I don't know if my story will help you, but I thought I'd share.
I guess the question was 'how hard is it to get doctor's permission' - I think that depends on your doctor. Mine just gave it up, just like that. :)
addendum: sorry my post is a bit rambling, I realize now that you have already got the note from your doc. good luck with your time off! some advice: make sure you get some counseling while you are off to speed you in your recovery! :) I didn't, and I think I should have.
Edited by libra, 02 March 2007 - 02:44 PM.
Posted 02 March 2007 - 03:19 PM
Your support is really, really, apreciated! I decided to go ahead and tell management about my condition. I work for a large company that covers 10 states. I want to be covered by the ADA act and if I do not make them aware my condition I have no rights. I shold not say no rights but I feel better doing it this way. I hope I made the right descion. I guess only time will tell. I think I need all the help I can get. Thank you all again.
Edited by bummerman8870, 02 March 2007 - 03:22 PM.
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