I was hospitalized October 15 for a Severe Depressive Episode. My stay was just over a week long and I have followed up with counseling since with my Psychiatrist. I return to work as recommended by my doctor on Tuesday, November 5. It will be half-time (4 hr days, 5 days/wk).
The hospital stay was good for me as I was able to get some help and some issues sorted, most importantly, the doctors made some changes to my medication. I was feeling hopeless when I entered the hospital via the emergency room and felt like "a fog" had been lifted after 4-5 days of taking new medication. I continue to improve though I still have my bad days. My wife has been supportive through the ordeal though it's been tough on her.
At any rate, I have had Mental Illness since I was 14 (I'm now 41) and was misdiagnosed several times throughout my life until about 5 years ago when I was diagnosed with Bipolar I. It put a lot of pieces of the puzzle together so to speak. I haven't been hospitalized (for this at least) since.
Bipolar is a misunderstood illness and there is still a stigma attached to it. I told my new boss about my illness about two weeks prior to hospitalization. He seems to be understanding and is willing to work with me as I continue to improve. I hope to return to full time work within two weeks if everything goes well. Idle hands...etc.
Thanks for reading if you made it this far as I tend to ramble.