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10 Jan 2006

Worried about co-worker
Hi I work at an engineering firm as a girl friday and I am studying psychology and voluteer as a trauma counsellor.

There is a guy at work who due to stress had an acute psychotic episode. He is back at work now, just started on antidepressants but he is just not coping. He is unable to do his job, he is absent minded and he is making mistakes that he cannot afford to make in his line of work.

I really feel he needs to take some leave until he has his head straight. How can I suggest this to him and our boss without causing him any more stress? I don;t want to push him over the edge coz he is dangerously close to the edge already.

What can I do???
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

If your coleague is coping as badly as your description suggests, then whoever is treating him has not been doing a good-enough job, and ought to be urged to brush up the treatment or to refer him to someone more skilled.
I like Likeitis's comment about the value of being a friend rather than an amateur psychologist, and just chatting, beigng supportive, and leaving it open to him to discuss his problems if he wishes to do so.
If you feel the situation is much more critical, then you might need to approach him directly but in a still friendly and non-threatening way, to say that you are concerned that he seems not to be benefitting as much from his treatment as you are sure he could, and suggesting he think of revisiting his shrink to make sure that the therapist knows how badly he is still affected --- and emphasizing that you feel sure that he can and ultimately will, be feeling and functioning a lot better than this
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