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June 18, 2012 12:43 PM Subscribe
My clinical depression is getting worse and I think I need to quit my job, but really need the income. I'm in Massachusetts.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Medical stuff: I've been depressed since puberty and it is well documented. PTSD for the past 7 years. I've been going to the same psych clinic (teaching hospital, so a couple of different doctors) for 4 years now. I'd been doing well on antidepressants and using what I learned in CBT, but things have been going downhill for the past 6 months. By downhill I mean "incapable of getting out of bed in the morning" and "having panic attacks on the train."
Work stuff: I've been here for 4 years. Out of sick days and down to 3 vacation days. My doctor wrote a note to HR saying that I needed to work from home so I could make some medication changes/reduce stress, and HR said the company's "culture is not conducive to a work from home model." (It is totally feasible for me to work from home; my company is very old-fashioned.)
So, in short, I'm growing more depressed by the minute and I need to get better but my job is absolutely miserable and my company is not willing to work with me. I can't afford to take unpaid medical leave. What can I do? Can I collect unemployment if I quit for medical reasons? Do I file for disability? I just need a little time to get back on my feet!