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Does a Torn Achilles Tendon Cause Depression?

Kevin Durant, the most valuable player on the Oakland Warriors team left the court with a limp in game 5 of the NBA championships. The Raptors fans sighed with relief, as Goliath had been removed from the courts. The Warriors fans and management wept, as their star player was lost to a torn Achilles tendon, a common injury in repetitive basketball play.

Durant has tweeted post operatively that his  true love is basketball, and that he will come back swifter and  stronger . He is receiving the love of the fans worldwide, who support the basketball icon in his recovery. Though Durant may be temporarily disabled from his profession, his  spirits remain high, and he is  grateful to all of his medical team, family, and fans who keep his healing intentions clear and focused.

Sheryl, a 35 year-old letter carrier, also  tore her Achilles tendon , after slipping in the parking lot of the post office depot. It was an un-witnessed fall, and  occurred as Sheryl jumped off a three foot high landing, carrying a cell phone and a stack of letters for her route. Sheryl had other things on her mind that day, as her manger had given her a warning about her tardiness and slow pace. In fact, she was carrying the envelope that held her performance improvement plan, a paper which she had already ripped in three places. She was sick of this job, her manager, her boring route, and her endless fight for child support payments.

Sheryl has been off of work for two years now. The Achilles tendon has been repaired, but Sheryl believes she cannot walk properly. The ankle hurts, especially when it rains . Sheryl needs to take larger and larger dosages of Percocets, just to get through her day. She does not see herself ever going back to her workplace, as she is tired, down, unmotivated and depressed. Did the torn Achilles tendon cause Sheryl’s depression? Should her employer be responsible for permanent disability payments? Will Sheryl ever return to work?

The Teacher

Sheryl needed a way out of a workplace where she felt  undervalued . The injury, a torn Achilles tendon, gives Sheryl a temporary out, but it becomes complicated by further avoidance. Narcotic pain killers like Percocets do help the perception of pain. But larger and larger dosages of Pecocets, after a two year old injury, are a big warning sign that something is really amiss. Sheryl is indulging her avoidance mechanism for reasons that are not quite clear . Depression will invariably arrive if we keep seeking avoidance as a way to cope.

The Wisdom

KD, the star basketball player does what he loves, and the love comes back in spades. The world is cheering him on.

Sheryl is not a basketball star, but she needs to find her passion. She does not have to be a star basketball player in order to feel purposeful in her workplace, but without a sense of direction and purpose, she remains avoidant, depressed and sad.

Sheryl must start with her foundation and find her team, be it her family, doctor or friends.  As the foundation is established, Sheryl can look back and see when her passion left her, and she landed in a job where she felt invisible. Sheryl can call on her lifeliner to help her get back on her game.

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