I am 41 (almost 42) year old male who suffers from Depression and Anxiety.
I have a vision impairment. Legally blind in the right eye and not 100% in the left this has led to some confidence issues in some regards especilly in the area of having a career. After high School, I studied Accounting at Tafe and then continued to Study a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in accounting.
After finishing my degree I was unemployed for over a year which my depression was compounded by my Brother dying in a car accident. I remember I had the gamut of feelings at the time and one of the strongest feelings was "God had taken the wrong Brother.
Later that year I started seasonal work at a tax preparation business and I went on to get some sporadic work over the next couple of years. After another period of not getting work I decided to go back to uni and study a masters of Teaching and straight out of copleting this course I started a new accounting job. I was with this guy for 2 years. However working for this "Gentleman " was not good for my mental health. There were times where I was not paid to the extent that I would have been better off being on unemployment. And finally right on 2 years I had finally had enough. for the first time I quit a job. And I had lost all confidence in the possibility of dealing with children in the teaching profession.
Another period of Unemployment and I finally get a job with an employee who understood that i was vision impaired and could be a bit slow. I spend 4 years with this employer. But for the last few months working at this place I could feel the depression creeping back in.Then Covid happened and an error on my part led to the possibility that I was going to cost the Business a five or six digit sum in a potential lawsuit. I had a massive panic attack and after the panic attack I learnt that over the course of my life I had anxiety issues, So back to not working. At least they were kind enough to keep me on job keeper while that was around until september.
After deciding I want to do something I enjoy and do things that I am interested in I started a Youtube channel on my interest and in order to improve those videos I have started doing some courses at tafe.
However once again my mental health would take a turn for the worse after 3 members of my extended family diesand I am now back seeing a psychologist.
I am hoping that I can be inspired by this forum as well as inspire others.Digit count reached!