How to approach mental health issues?

Microsoft mnn
Sep 2 56 Comments

I could use some recommendation for mental health therapist or psychiatrist in Greater Seattle area. Quality of my sleep, my ability to concentrate and my self-esteem seriously deteriorated. I used almost all my vacation time this year and still not feeling reenergized. I don't want to leave my company at the moment. Also not sure management will be empathetic if I share my health conditions with them. Ideally I'd like to take month of leave - how to approach this?

I also feel a bit ashamed to admit having this issue. I don't feel it is serious enough to go to the doctor as I am physically fit and may not give an impression of someone having this kind of issues. I'd greatly appreciate doctor recommendations in Lynnwood area and general info on how to arrange a medical leave.

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  • Facebook stopmiring
    What you really need is to work on yourself and stop relying on someone else to solve your own problems. Because you end up in an endless loop of therapists that give you temporary mental gratification and leads you to believe that you cannot solve your own problems without their help.

    Take the chance to face your problems once and for all.
    Sep 2 33
    • Microsoft corrupted
      stopmiring is a James DaMore type. Not worth your time with those ones
      Sep 2
    • Amazon cardz
      @facebook: how do you work at Facebook? I thought being more open minded is something most employees at Facebook pride themselves with. Calling someone a coward who is obviously battling mental health issues, is just so sad. When you are at that weak point, anything can actually tip you over- a deprecating remark , some action which puts someone down etc. If you have nothing valuable to comment, why comment. There are plenty of useless threads on blind where you can shit post but please be extremely cautious when someone is already down, and have taken a step to get help even if it's Blind.
      Sep 2
    • Facebook stopmiring
      Fair enough, you are right, I went too far off in those remarks given the state of mind of the OP. But I still stick to that piece of advice I gave in my comment, I hope it helps
      Sep 2
    • Amazon CeoExtra
      Many people think they’re too strong ... until someday they face what mother nature and chaos or justice can do to them.

      Read many iron men and hardened macho criminals with steel body and mind crumbled and whimpered before their ultimate demise.
      Sep 2
    • Facebook stopmiring
      You read way too much science fiction. Please stick to systems design books.
      Sep 2
  • Bank of America / Product Quacky
    Definitely aim for therapy. You'd be better off starting before considering leave as you may be able to have the doctor sign off on fmla for it. Take the first step, in other parts of your life you can set small super easy to obtain goals to keep you on track while you're working through therapy.
    Sep 2 5
    • Facebook stopmiring
      Even weaker reply
      Sep 2
    • Bank of America / Product Quacky
      Instead of saying weak reply, how about you reply
      Sep 2
    • Facebook stopmiring
      Good point quacky paki
      Sep 2
    • Amazon cardz
      The fuck. You are racist even @facebook
      Sep 2
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  • New / Creative
    kokinaddic

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    kokinaddicmore
    I know this is unsolicited advice and off topic but still..

    Exercise bro!it solves a lot of problems

    I also cook when I feel anxious..it's therapeutic, also the result is something tasty and you feel good about yourself.
    Sep 2 0
  • Microsoft mnn
    OP
    Thank you all for your advices. I'll start with over the phone consultation and see how it goes.
    Sep 2 4
    • Facebook stopmiring
      1st wrong step right there...
      Sep 2
    • Bank of America / Product Quacky
      Dude facebook gtfo. No one cares. Go do something productive
      Sep 2
    • New / Cust. Srv.
      vKRf78

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      vKRf78more
      You got this. It's going to be easier than you think after you get off the phone. You can also try Psychology today find a therapist there you can put in your location whatever kind of insurance you have whatever you're struggling with because there's tons of filters and then you can get a list of people who are in your area. And remember wherever you are in this stage counselors and therapists they're like DSW that's a shoe store, but counselors are literally like different colors of shirts in a store, you will find the right fit. And never feel bad if it's not working out. You don't even have to explain to the counselor. Sometimes you hit it off right away but then sometimes there's a couple bumps and you might have to go through a couple of serapis before you find the one that really gets you. You'll find the right fit. The important thing is that your starting and that can be the most difficult part for so many people. This is your life that's all that matters, not what anyone else thinks including family coworkers or friends. Shoot.... don't even tell them, that's confidential stuff: you don't need to tell anybody what you're doing. And if you do decide to tell someone and if they don't understand, then they don't deserve a seat at your table or to share an opinion. To have courage you first have to be doing something you're scared of. So you go and do you. Good luck to you.
      Sep 3
    • Microsoft mnn
      OP
      Thanks a lot, really appreciate support!
      Sep 4
  • Amazon Fetch
    No need to be ashamed at all. Lots of people have mental health concerns and go to therapy. Therapy has really helped me work on myself and feel better.

    Mindful Therapy Group has offices around Seattle and will also do virtual appointments.

    I hope you are feeling better soon.
    Sep 2 2
    • Facebook stopmiring
      No self promotion in blind thanks
      Sep 2
    • Amazon Fetch
      Self promotion? Are you referring to the group I mentioned? They are a group of psychiatrists and therapists. OP was looking for suggestions and that’s the group where my doctor practices.
      Sep 3
  • Indeed WkqB88
    Start by going to your insurance website and find a few therapists nearby. A lot will do a free phone consultation so you can get a sense of you’re a good fit for each other. Do 1 session with a few therapists to make sure you find a person you’re comfortable with. Share your goals for treatment and make a plan together.
    Sep 2 0
  • MathWorks hjgrthjfdg
    It’s not easy to figure out things by ourselves, especially when there is stress and fear involved. And it always helps to talk to someone. Therapists are willing to listen to you without any judgement. I have been to therapy and it definitely helps you identify what you might be going through and they work with you towards actionable progress. But yeah, you need to have the will to accept and commit to becoming better.
    Sep 2 0
  • Amdocs / Eng
    chakor

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    chakormore
    Check for employee assistance program in MS. They usually have a counseling session.
    Sep 2 1
  • Zillow Group FwGg88
    Did you talk to your general doctor ?
    Sep 2 1
    • Microsoft mnn
      OP
      Not yet. I didn't acknowledge this issue until it became noticeably harder to neglect it.
      Sep 2
  • Facebook stopmiring
    Classic pre MS exit state of mind
    Sep 2 0

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