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    I am a farmer who has suffered depression for many years, please help

    As I have indicated part of my problem is that getting out of farming at the moment is not a good idea because of land prices. Are so low that we couldnt buy a house with what we would get for the property. But then commoderty prices are low as well so we are slowly going broke. So its a real quandry as to what to do. I have been on medication for many years, and am just sick of worrying. Can someone help please. Robert.
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  • Patricia Greig

    Counselling Psychologist, Psychologist

    I am a Counselling Psychologist with more than 30 years experience. I work with adults and couples providing psychological treatment for depression, anxiety/panic, trauma, grief … View Profile

    Robert, worrying is normal - we all do it. Worry can be helpful if it motivates us to take some action but if we get caught up in our worries it can certainly feed depression. If you are having worrying thoughts that are not about stuff that is actually true, it can be helpful to just notice them and then let them go: maybe see them as being like junk emails - something you cant stop but that you don't have to read. It sounds as if there are some very real challenges that you are facing so it would be good if you could get some help to manage some of the stress factors in your life that may be contributing to your depression. These could include speaking with other farmers about ways of coping with challenges that have been helpful, talking with your bank manager etc. if there is a Men's Shed group you can get to easily it could be helpful to link in there and of course some psychological counselling could be very beneficial in helping you to understand the nature of depression and anxiety and learning the tools to cope more effectively .

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