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Re: Depression in the workplace

Posted by JohnL on November 10, 1999, at 3:48:44

In reply to Re: Depression in the workplace, posted by Noa on November 9, 1999, at 6:51:16

> Unfortunately most of us, when depressed, are not in a position to be unemployed, sans paycheck, or in the right frame of mind to go promote ourselves on the job market...

How true. Strange though how things can work out just by going through the motions of trying. My current job is the best I've ever had. Took a while though. I could have wallpapered my room with rejection letters. I got my job in the midst of a severe depressive bout. I was unemployed, broke, had no choice. Answered newspaper ads, filled out applications at employment agencies, temp services, etc. Had to force one leg in front of the other. Force myself into the car. Force myself with a pen. What a nightmare doing that. It was like watching myself from the outside in. Almost like spectatoring. I was so detached. Just going through the motions. I failed miserably at a job interview (for the job I now have). Couldn't think. Couldn' talk well. Couldn't answer questions well. Brain just wouldn't function. Too depressed. In the end, I got the job because my new boss said I showed the most interest in it, even though I was less qualified than others, and even though my interview was just 'OK'. He wanted someone really interested. Somehow in my desperation and forceful effort, my new boss saw something he liked...someone who's not a quitter. Moral of the story...1)There's always a silver lining, 2)You never know what might happen if you just try. :)




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