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Mood swings, feeling sad since few days, professional stress, lots of monotonous work, fight with a close friend - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi!!
Doctor :   Please proceed with your query.
User :   well, i have noticed am having a lot of mood swings off late..not sure why
Doctor :   Ok
User :   i exercise regularly, take care of my diet, do yoga as well..but there are times when am kind of silent, thinking, not sure if am sad,...but it seems the zing is missing
Doctor :   Ok
User :   dont know if its too much work! well i do have a lot on my plate
Doctor :   Ok
User :   whats the way out..
Doctor :   I would like to know few more things before suggesting you: User :   feel like going to Leh! i mean a place full of tranquility, peace, throwing my blackberry away :)
User :   sure
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   35
Doctor :   Do you consume alcohol or smoke?
User :   none
Doctor :   May I know your occupation?
User :   am a head of a function in the org
User :   at a top level
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   How many times in a day due to follow Yoga or regular exercises?
User :   4 times a week
Doctor :   Ok
User :   if i am not going to the gym, i do yoga early morning. Gym is in the evening, but whereas am doing yoga regularly, am missing my gym for the last week
User :   plan to resume it by tomorrow
Doctor :   Do you feel satisfied after the exercises?
Doctor :   Ok
User :   well, yes, but since i exercise rigorously for 1.5 hours or so..sometimes its very very tiring also
User :   i go to the gym for keeping myself physcially not sure whether it helps me mentally too
User :   may be to some extent
Doctor :   Do you face only professional stress or is there any emotional stress?
Doctor :   Ok
User :   professional stress is quite a bit. Emotional stress probably comes from it too...many situations certainly.
User :   In fact quite a lot i guess
Doctor :   Ok
User :   though i am doing well in my job, the benchmarks are high and certainly a lot of stress
Doctor :   Did you suffer from similar symptoms before?
Doctor :   Ok
User :   sometimes....probably these are phases..when one wants to run away :)....i did take a vacation in june but unfortunately due to work crisis, i had to work for some part of that technically couldnt run away
User :   since i have children...after work , its home and more work at home too :)
Doctor :   Along with sadness due to suffer with any other associated symptoms?
Doctor :   Ok
User :   i love being with them but sure its a lot of hard work
Doctor :   Ok
User :   am not sure if its sadness..but am quiet and thinking nothing
User :   no nothing more
Doctor :   Ok
User :   seems all of it is monotonous, stagnant, nothing too exciting :)
User :   recently i did have a misunderstnding with one of my college friends. He was a v nice friend till last week..yes that disturbed me quite a bit too
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   What was this all about? May I know?
User :   hmm..we kind of were very good friends in college. On and off in touch. We had a misunderstanding over smthg. Actually we wanted to meet up, and many many times, either of us was very busy and finally couldnt make it...and i guess both of us felt bad over this :)
Doctor :   Ok
User :   thats abt what do u think i shd do
Doctor :   After going through the description provided by you, I feel you are depressed because of the professional stress and might be the recent history of emotional stress.
User :   Ok. Stress taking over..
User :   Am kind of a positive person & wud want this to go away
User :   how!
Doctor :   While every body in there phase of profession reaches a stagnation where they start feeling there job is monotonous and stop enjoying the work.
User :   ok
Doctor :   It is good that you are following physical exercises and yoga but along with this I feel that you need to enjoy your work.
User :   sure
User :   is it that is shd take a small break and come back to work with a zing?
Doctor :   This can be done by experimenting with the work by changing the way you work or the environment.
User :   sure.
Doctor :   You can look for better profile jobs which you feel you can enjoy.
User :   on my friends part..i over reacted, but apologised to him too. But i guess he wasnt in a mood to respond to that :)
Doctor :   don't worry about that.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Your job was to apologise and you did it.
Doctor :   Now his part is to accept it and forgive you.
User :   ok..wonder if friendships are so thin these days
User :   :)
Doctor :   There are not but the work pressure does it.
User :   i am looking at a job offer, which has a lot of challenge in stuff..but also loads and loads of work..sometimes concerns me if i will get myself into being more busy and whether its worth it
User :   sure
User :   i have worked for that organization before so i know the kind of work there is
Doctor :   Yes, according to a study a person in his younger days looks a job for money, in his adult hood days for challenges and in the late adult hood days for experiments.
User :   i do like my plate being extra full :)
Doctor :   Ok
User :   ok so may be am looking at challenge bcos from a money perspective am kind of ok
Doctor :   Yes, this would help you in enjoying the work and you won't feel depressed about it.
Doctor :   Start enjoying with your family and plan for more adventures if you all like.
User :   sure. There are times when i need someone to just talk my heart out to..the stuff and problems i go through....of course i have a wife, but sometimes cant open up to her completely - she does turn judgemental on aspects
User :   ok i will
Doctor :   That shouln't matter as she is your life partner to share all your happiness and sadness.
User :   i used to share some stuff with this friend of mine but then now thats stopped
User :   i didnt understand that
Doctor :   so please discuss with her everything and I am sure you will feel lite.
User :   ok
Doctor :   This was regarding sharing with your wife.
User :   i dont like judgements coming my way, even then
Doctor :   Just try to be open and listen to her comments and then decide if she is jugdemental or not or her advises can be followed or not.
User :   ok i do get it..i do get the message..will try it out. For now i guess will take a break soon..even if its a small one...
Doctor :   Sure please do it and I am sure you will be happy.
User :   Thanks doctor..appreciate your assistance
Doctor :   Pleasure is mine.
User :   bye
Doctor :   Are there any more queries for me to help you with?
User :   well none now :)
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Take care
User :   thx too
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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