I am new to the forum/site, and I would like to say hello to one and all!
I have been dealing with depression for a few years now, and it has had a massive impact on my personal and professional relationships, as I find it hard to trust others.
I trust those close to me, but am always wary of colleagues and others who are new to me (at first at least).
Despite coming from a large family, I am an only child, and have found it hard to be around family at gatherings etc.
I become really insular, and sensitive when things are at their worst, and have been finding it difficult to be involved in things at work, opting to work without much participation in office conversations. As a result of this, I have noticed that my change in behaviour, has caused colleagues to be quite reserved with me, as I am usually quite sociable. I don't feel comfortable sharing the fact that I have depression with colleagues, so feel very jaded when I am not having such a great week, as I really do withdraw from wanting to talk, and I become quite easily irritable (not with colleagues, but with things that may trigger me: abrasive people, and things that I may not understand, for example).
I have come here as a way of being able to share with those who may be experiencing, or who have experienced similar things.