Is My Job Making Me Depressed Or Do I Hate My Job Because I'm Depressed?
Posted 14 February 2012 - 01:03 PM
Today is extremely bad. I feel as I'm having some sort of panic. My head is throbbing, my chest is tight and I feel so naseous. I thought about speaking to my supervisor but I'm afraid of the stigmatism at work. I don't know what to do anymore.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Posted 14 February 2012 - 01:18 PM
Posted 14 February 2012 - 04:25 PM
Boy, could I ever relate to this at one time. I was in this boat a decade ago -- fresh out of university and the only jobs in my "field" paid close to minimum wage (not an option since I had student loans), so I took a job at a banking call centre. It was interesting at first although stressful, but I ended up hating it so much that when I was taking the bus to work I would stare longingly at the buses going in the other direction and would fantasize about changing buses. A few times I did.
Anyway, after a few years I got into a decent job (still a call centre but much better, with 6 months of training). I'm still there part time.
To answer your question though, I think "both" is true. You probably could tolerate your job better if you weren't depressed, and realize it is temporary. When you're depressed it just feels like you could be there forever. I think if you treat the depression, you will feel stronger and be able to get something better.
Call centers are not for everybody. I worked with one guy who described it as like being chained to an oar in the hold of a Viking slave ship. Especially if you want to work full time, I would try and get into another type of position.
- William Ehrmann, from "Desiderata."
"Nothing you ever did or that was ever done to you could touch, even in the slightest, the radiant essence of who you are."
- Ekhart Tolle, from _The Power of Now_.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 04:43 PM
You always have choices and decision to make in life. It is really a time to make some real changes in your life. You really need to get your mental health issues sorted and be on effective treatment.
Then decide what you would love to be doing and what that takes . Have you the right qualification and level of maturity.
Decide that you are going to do whatever it takes to get a job in a profession that you would just love to do.
See your mental health specialist and make sure you are on effective treatment and have a regular review and update.
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Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:28 PM
I think counseling and possibly getting on a different medication is a good first step. If you can't reach a therapist, then call someone else. If you see a pdoc then perhaps you can get a referral.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:46 PM
Posted 15 February 2012 - 07:46 AM
When my mental health nurse asked what job I was in even she said "if it wasn't for call centres, I'd be out of a job".
I think it would be a good idea to talk to your supervisor though and let them know the situation, they may be quite accomodating. In my last job I was able to get time off when I was really low, and they did talk to me to make sure I was ok and not majorly unhappy at work. They won't share the info with ur colleagues so there shouldn't be any stigmatism, you may even be suprised to find there's probably others going through the same thing
Posted 15 February 2012 - 08:04 AM
The best advice I can give you is use what you have to your advantage. You are very young. Work out what you want out of life and stick to it. Even if you start on minimum wage, do it. Supplement your income in any other way you can. Just make sure you do something you are interested in and therefore will progress in. If you do that, you will no doubt increase your skills in what you choose to do and earn a promotion/be able to secure a better job in that field that pays more. Don't chase the best money when you are young, try and think long term cos life goes by so quickly and before you know it you will be my age (32) and still not happy with your work.
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