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Suicide/Outside of the Box – A Doctor’s Story

Well, it all starts with a story, doesn’t it? And one of the stories is my story. And I’ll just you know, people’s stories are so important. And I know that everybody out there has a really strong story. And I’d love to hear everybody’s stories because I get so much encouragement from hearing people’s strengths and courage and just fighting the battle.

And so I’m just going to share a little bit about my story and how I got to the things that I’m doing right now.

I’m pretty much I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression at the beginning of my medical training, which was hospital training where we didn’t sleep, you know. We were expected to sleep maybe two or three hours, and then take care of patients. We would have terrible long, ugly shifts in the hospital.

You know, at that time, back in the 90s, all the medical profession knew to do for me, was to give me vitamin P, which was vitamin Prozac or vitamin Fluoxetine as we call it here in New Zealand. And I thought, “Okay, this is just what I got to do. And I would take my pill and I’d be able to function as a doctor and do what my heart wanted to do ever since I was five years old, And that was to be a doctor and help people.”

So I was on that road and I just took my medicine and sometimes I’d rebel and come off my medicine. I’d do okay, and then I wouldn’t do okay, and then I come back on my medicine. And then I remember I was off my medicine. My husband and I and our daughters had come back from a long trip from ……

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