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tommy88ttommy88 Posts: 1
edited 04/29/2015 - 9:56 PM in Depression and Coping
i am a 26 year old suffering from a rather bad slipped disc at L5-S1, this as everyone on this forum im sure will understand is causing chronic pain, my pain has been going on for a year now and it is becoming increasingly harder to keep up with bills and everything else due to the fact i cant work , causing some severe depression. being a plumber i only really know the construction industry and am really struggling with choosing a new caereer path, i would greatly appreciate some advice if anyone out there can relate, thanks


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    Depression and chronic pain often pair up. Are you seeing a therapist or psychiatrist?

    My psychiatrist is part of my "team" and although it may take trial and try again ...there is help.

    Awhile back, I saw therapist for painful transition in life. The therapist did some testing with me to see where my interests are..and what are my strengths...re' job change. He brought up ideas of occupations that I never would have thought of. For me it was very good to have understanding professional help me through it. I don't know..but may be worth looking into.

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  • I'm not sure where you live, but I'm in the U.S. I Know my town has an unemployment office which has assisted my family members to search new job opportunities, as well as locate programs for retraining. Much of this assistance is provided for free. How are you with computers? Maybe look into a medical records or radiology technician program at a community college? Both fields are supposed to grow at a fast rate in the next decade or so. Random ideas, just thought I'd toss them out there. Good luck and keep us posted
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