A few months ago, I had a nervous breakdown due to job stress. The big factors were that I had been assigned three projects that could have been full-time jobs for someone (plus some smaller workitems), and a bad management situation (the boss's motivation technique was to randomly pop into my cubicle and yell). At the time of the breakdown, I'd been working pretty much constantly for several weeks and hardly sleeping because of the anxiety.
I was put on antidepressants (a SSRI) and I've been seeing a therapist since before the meltdown. Both have been helpful and I'm doing pretty well with day-to-day things. I quit the job that was causing the problems.
The problem is, a friend has a job opportunity for me that sounds interesting and that should have much more reasonable stress levels. I think it's probably a good place, but every time she emails me about it, I freak out. The last email made me burst into tears.
Have you been in a similar situation? I can't decide whether my reaction to the emails mean that I'm too fragile to start work, or whether this is a situation where it's best for me to just take the risk and see how it goes.
I'll be discussing this with my therapist this week as well.
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