Hi there, I'm new. I was wondering if anyone had any insight on how healthcare workers (or anyone who spends the day providing service or teaching others) deal with depression on a regular basis. I'm introverted but have always been drawn to helping people. Having to assess the needs of my patients and dealing with their families is really draining, and with depression and anxiety - when it's really bad - I have difficulty facing people and sometimes break down and cry at work. A couple of years ago I cared too much about work to let my depression affect my work quality, so I just worked myself into the ground to make sure my patients received proper care. Now I feel worse than I ever have, and I feel myself not caring as much and struggling to get through the day. I am working toward a career change that still allows me to work for a good cause, but is more appropriate for introverts. For the time being until I find a new job, I don't know how to cope with my depression and not let my job fall apart. I am trying to find a new counselor. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.