Long story, but here goes...
Back in Dec the company I work for got sold to a large corporation. Since then the location that I work at has changed, the hours have changed, and the job itself has become much more demanding. I was basically forced to take a managerial position that I did not want nor ask for, and since Jan, I have been becoming more and more miserable. My employers have done nothing but treat me like garbage since Jan, and it has been taking a very VERY serious toll on my mental health. As of the last few weeks, I'm crying all of the time (Even when not at work.) because I am so stressed out. I am not able to step down from my position as there is literally nobody else to fill it. I have been strongarmed by the corporation I work for to work excessive hours by myself with little to no breaks. And just today my regional manager tried to tell me that I couldn't be paid for some of the overtime I've NEEDED to work (Or else the store would have to close, and we're in a mall which means big big fines).
I also am dealing with way too much stress in my personal life (Jobless husband since August 2016, my mother is going through her second battle with cancer in a 2 year time frame, we are on the verge of getting evicted because the house I live in may need some structural upgrades...) I have a long history of mental health issues. I spent a lot of my life depressed and on medications for that, however I have never EVER been as depressed as I am now, and I'm getting concerned that I have no way out of this job, as I am my family's current breadwinner. I have been trying to find a new job, basically anywhere, to hopefully be able to regain my sanity and mental health, but to no avail.
I plan to go to a Doctor at a walk in clinic tomorrow (As my doctor is 3+ hours away), but the thought of coming back here to work Monday morning is causing me to have anxiety attacks, almost hourly. Anytime I think about it, really... I guess this long story is basically me asking, if I go to a doctor tomorrow, and tell him all of the above things, assuming he thinks it would be in my best interest to take leave from my job, how long will I have to continue working here between seeing a Doctor, and finding out if I'm eligible for medical EI? I mean, I know if I got laid off, I'd be eligible for EI, but I'm not sure if there's more strict regulations on medical EI and I don't want to be left without ANY income.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me with this, I really appreciate any insight.