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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Should I return to work after months off with depression?

    I am struggling working part time after 8 months off with depression, will it improve or should I revisit having more time off?
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  • Fouz Fatima


    Experienced in working with young people and adults on issues stemming from grief, loss, and life transitions. View Profile

    Thank you for sharing. There are several questions that you can ask yourself to dig deeper. For example, is depression causing work issues, or is work causing depression? Or maybe it is a mix of both, or other factors too?

    Perhaps taking more time off will be helpful, or perhaps there are modifications you can make in your work life that might help. 

    If your work has an EAP program, it might help to reach out and explore further too. I'm a big advocate for journalling so would encourage trying that if it's for you. Try to be gentle with yourself.

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