Great blog. The universal thing about depression is that it causes you to retreat to miss appointments. Any mental health professional will tell you this. Also my concern what if they recommend shock therapy?
You can tell three things about whoever thought it might be a good idea to take away benefits for unemployed people who refuse therapy for depression.
First, they have never been unemployed. Second, they have never been depressed. Third, they have never been unemployed and depressed.
Since I have, I’m here to tell you: it doesn’t work that way. Unemployment makes you depressed, even if you weren’t depressed. Unemployment makes depression worse, if you’re prone to it. Unemployment and depression is a dark spiral in which your diminishing self worth is constantly attacked by the evidence around you of your failure. Failure to work, failure to stop being depressed. Failure all round.
Another reason I can tell whichever person scribbled this fag packet proposal down has never been through depression is that you can’t just get therapy. You get put onto a waiting list. Depending on your postcode…
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