I'm T2 and am missing the lower half of my digestive tract - the part that extracts fluids from our food, so I know what it's like to be dehydrated a lot of the time and boy is that yucky!! I never go anywhere without my water bottle (which I call "my baba"... baby talk) and when I do get sick from even a mild cold or food problem, tossing my cookies means hospital time for me. I'm not allowed to ditch all that fluid at once! Whenever I do go to hospital for anything, I have to get an IV 'hooked up' ASAP just to keep the fluids coming in, despite whatever else is going on with my digestive tract or BP (usually really low) or diabetes. The longer it takes to get that IV 'push', the closer I am to death, even in an emergency room.
So I think I feel a bit of your pain, Courtney - even with depression since I am on so many pain meds and those are notorious for bringing the mood down - CNS depressants that they are.
I think you have a major advantage in your job. You can and probably do get really engrossed in your work and, for me, that means the magic of DISTRACTION. That's my main helper - keeping myself occupado and involved in whatever I'm doing, whether it's here at tuD or scribbling out somebody's tax return (exciting work, if you can get it!
I realize that every job has a certain amount of "politics" to contend with - be it management or union or peer pressure - but if you like what you do and I assume you do since you're still doing it, try to immerse yourself in the part that gratifies you the most. I tend to spend my time with the clients and papers that require the most work and that can be demoralizing at times, when you keep finding the same types of problems and errors over and over. And the results of an incorrect tax return or financial statement can be fairly serious, but rarely life-threatening. At least, hardly anyone has threatened my life (recently Nursing can be a life-saver. So give yourself kudos for choosing a career with importance and for continuing that career despite your own personal "inconveniences".
And while I'm a big proponent for immersing oneself in any given project, like work, we also have to remember where to draw the line on that element as well. Outside of work, we need other distractions that mean as much to us - family, sports, travel ... Oprah Find those distractions outside of work also and get involved. You might not have time to be depressed!