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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    I have no meaning or purpose in life any more. How can I go on?

    I gave up work 5 years ago to look after my husband who has had Parkinson's Disease for 25+ years. 2 years ago he had an operation that allowed him to regain his movement, but he is not interested in any things we used to do. During that time I injured my back and have since developed severe arthritis, which keeps me in constant pain. Our finances are going backwards and this prevents me from even being able to go to the local pool.
    I have had severe depression and anxiety my whole life, and even though I see a professional weekly, I am slowly sinking into the worst state possible. I just feel that there is no point to my existence any longer. My grown children do not visit or call, I have no other family and friends disappeared soon after I left work.

    Over the years I have had ideas of things that I would like to do, such as study, do family history research, take singing lessons, but financial considerations and social anxiety prevent me from participating and my confidence is now 0
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