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Camping out on a plateau I've built for myself.

As a working artist for shy of a decade, I'm starting to feel like I'm hitting walls most of the time I make, which is making artmaking frustrating. Suggestions for how to rekindle love and patience for the process and start climbing up the next hill? [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Aug 26, 2014 - 7 answers

There's no escape

Adrift, lonely and feeling hopeless. Advice would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jul 28, 2014 - 14 answers

Seeking New Identity

Somedays I feel like I don't know who I am anymore due to complicated life decisions. How do people find a personal identity with ongoing depression/mental heath problems? [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Jun 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Competitive people pleaser seeks self-identity.

I have a deeply ingrained habit of being both a people pleaser and caring a lot about accomplishments, winning prizes, receiving accolades, getting praise and recognition from others. However, so much so that it clouds what I really want to do in terms of my career. Was this you? Did you recover from it? How did you sort it out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2014 - 9 answers

Finding meaningful work and having an awesome marriage

I'm struggling with choosing between a town I don't like, my marriage and starting a career as after graduating in April 2013. Where should I go from here? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Jan 31, 2014 - 11 answers

I feel like I’m not good enough. How can I battle my depression

I’m a 25 year old female and have been going through a lot of depression over the past year, mostly in the areas of finance and romance. [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Jan 25, 2014 - 19 answers

Quarter Life Crisis + Indecision Paralysis: How to deal & move forward?

I'm a 26 year old female "Commitment Phobe" seeking advice on 1) How to feel ok making a temporary/final decision about what to do with my life and 2) When to scrap, adjust, or follow through on my decisions when the going gets tough? Messy details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Age 25. Huge college debt. Can't land a better job. What should I do?

I have $40,000+ in debt, a bachelors degree in criminal justice, an EMT-B license, a basic computer tech certificate, 4 years of customer service experience as a banquet server, a bad driving history, and one misdemeanor - how can I find a better job than being a banquet server? What can I do to be competitive? Should I attend police academy or not? What are my options - what can I do to improve my life? [more inside]
posted by usersname on Nov 9, 2013 - 49 answers

Help me get my shit together work-wise

This is a work question, but probably is more psychological than practical. I’m 32 years old, currently unemployed. That’s no big deal given the economy. What is a big deal is that despite my “best” efforts, I’ve been in and out of work or dissatisfied for my whole working life. [more inside]
posted by UncleCaveMan on Sep 12, 2013 - 20 answers

How do I believe in myself again and make a choice I can truly own?

After years of parental pressure and self-conflict, I no longer know: do I want to be a doctor or not? I am paralyzed with self-doubt and indecision and have repeatedly shot myself in the foot. How can I stop spinning my wheels, climb out of the deep rut I dug myself, make a choice and act on it with conviction? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2013 - 24 answers

Am I overreacting or is this totally illegal/wrong?

The new job I applied for called a work reference I did not authorize and I got a bad review. Should I leave this entire job off my resume? Bonus general career anxiety/issues inside! [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Aug 21, 2013 - 28 answers

Still having problems -- "greatness", self-comparison, etc.

I initially felt better after last week’s question, but everything came back... I think the answers last week (which were very helpful, by the way) helped me resolve specific career questions, but not the underlying emotional issues. I’ll try to explain it better this time. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Aug 17, 2013 - 22 answers

I want a new job. I'm not well qualified. What can I do?

I've been working a data-entry job for almost two years now. I got it as a temp position shortly after finishing college. It became full-time a year later. I graduated from a good school, but late, and with mediocre grades in journalism, my major. I stuck to the temp job because I bombed out of freelance work. This failure aggravated my self-loathing and convinced me to abandon journalism, for which I have shown little talent. I abandoned it for a dead-end job. I would like a job with better chances for promotion and with better pay. How, if at all, do I find such a job, considering my mental health, which sabotages each stage of the hunt, and my poor qualifications, which don't help? [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Aug 13, 2013 - 13 answers

How to curb career-related jealousy in a relationship?

My boyfriend (of 8 months) and I work in the same industry, but have different aspirations and skillsets. We more or less started "on the same level," but he's shooting quickly up the ladder since getting a promotion and I'm stuck in an awful rut at my current company. How do I cope with this? [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Aug 2, 2013 - 8 answers

36 year old with midlife crisis looking for advice

I got to a point in my life, where I need to look around and decide what to change. And although it may look as if I should have a lot of options and possibilities – I feel stuck. I would appreciate any comments from you – any hints, suggestions, ideas or stories how you overcame similar problems. I do need inspiration and I would be very thankful for any feedback from you. [more inside]
posted by dogbert on Jun 17, 2013 - 18 answers

How Can I Help My Mom Help Herself?

Hey Mefites, here's my question: My younger sister, mother, and I suffered years of abuse at the hands of an alcoholic stepfather - physical, verbal, etc. When we were younger, my sister and I were absolutely focused on getting the fuck out and did, getting scholarships to great schools, thankfully. My mom, not so much. She is no longer in a relationship with him, but they have been living together for economic reasons - she needs his disability paycheck to pay the bills (all of which are in her name, including the mortgage payment.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2013 - 15 answers

Trying to "lean in." Failing miserably.

Please help with a complicated work situation. Some context: Mid-twenties, female, graduated from a top-ranked university in liberal arts (I know, I know, but it worked out in the end. Sort of.) I work in sort of a niche, new media-y entertainment field, for which I am extremely grateful. I love this industry and I love the company I work for. And yet, snowflakes abound… [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Mar 19, 2013 - 10 answers

I am depressed because I lost my girlfriend and I quit my job

Lost my girlfriend (of 18 months) and I quit my job. She thought I was not her first priority since I chose to take up a new job, I am completely depressed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2012 - 25 answers

Don't just sit there. DO something!

So, you know that "career" thing people have? I managed to spend 2012 without one. The timeout was enlightening, but now I'm itching to move on to a brand new phase. Um, how do I do that? [more inside]
posted by jessca84 on Nov 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Do I quit this job or have a nervous breakdown?

I'm badly depressed and anxious. And I've got the worst job of my life - I'm 42, so that's saying a lot - complete with a boss I despise and who seems to despise me. My therapist thinks I should quit. Um, hello? Realistically, what can I do? Special flower BS inside. [more inside]
posted by Jaie on Sep 22, 2012 - 26 answers

Help me get motivated again

I have been unmotivated to do pretty much anything outside of work for a several months now. Help me get back on the horse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2012 - 8 answers

Navigating Big Life Decisions while wearing depression-colored glasses

How do I handle a job offer that I really want but am really intimidated by while going through a period of depression and social anxiety? (Sorry in advance about the avalanche of special snowflakey details) [more inside]
posted by sarahj on Jan 16, 2012 - 22 answers

My friend is very troubled and I don't know how to help.

Can you give me any advice on how to help my very troubled friend? She seems to be very despairing but I can't convince her to see a therapist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2011 - 7 answers

Please help me find a purpose in life.

Please help me find a purpose in life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2011 - 15 answers

All who wander are not lost. I hope.

I'm a depressed not-incredibly-recent college grad with less than a year's experience under my belt and I'm still clueless. More snowflake-y annoying first world problems inside. [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Jul 12, 2011 - 9 answers

It could have been a brilliant career

I have a bachelor's degree in computer science, and now I want to get a job. So far so good, and now for the bad part: I finished the degree over six years ago and haven't held a job since. Can I still get a job in IT? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2011 - 12 answers

What can make this situation better? Details inside.

What can make this situation better? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Graduate school woes.

Help me overcome my emotional immaturity which has crippled my academic course. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2011 - 6 answers

I'm over 30 and lost...what am I doing wrong?

I'm 33 years old. I obtained my BA in English from a respected college in 2001. Since then I have worked in nonprofits, retail, education, and in an administrative capacity. I have never made more than 32,000 a year. Currently I make 12/hour in NYC metro area as a temp, doing data entry. All of my previous jobs lead to nothing...the one promising job fell apart because I was suffering from major depression at the time and I quit so that I could be hospitalized. [more inside]
posted by urania on Feb 3, 2011 - 27 answers

What would be the most suitable way of explaining long gaps on resume, in employment history due to health reasons.

Need urgent help with resume making, given less than optimal circumstances, namely a history of illness and accompanying lack of employment for an extended period of time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2011 - 13 answers

[Life Path/Career Advice Filter]: How can someone a person with diagnosed depression work in the field of social justice?

[Life Path/Career Advice Filter]: How can someone a person with diagnosed depression work in the field of human rights and social justice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2011 - 5 answers

How do you start over at 35?

Question: Trying to rebuild after leaving an abusive relationship; how can I recover my lost sense of self, while facing a competitive job market? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2011 - 8 answers

Incredibly difficult decision

I need to ask for advice about how to get your life back together after the sorry mess I have found myself in. Health; career; relationship; living arrangements...everything that could go wrong has and I don't seem to be able to cope with everything that's gone on. I now suffer from severe depression and have little or no support around me. What advice would you give to someone in the following situation... [more inside]
posted by anoi on Nov 14, 2010 - 10 answers

Failure at 43...That's Me!

Looking for a little guidance in turning this ship around at 43. [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon on Oct 25, 2010 - 11 answers

New job anxiety.

Just started a new job and I've become HORRIFIED by life. How do I stop panicking? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2010 - 37 answers

Future=Education-(MoneyxTime)?

My life as a word problem: what is the best, smartest way for someone to change career fields, or increase their range of career options, given limitations of knowledge, time, money and sanity? [more inside]
posted by missix on Sep 9, 2009 - 12 answers

I'm not an attention seeker, I'm depressed

Should I reveal my depression to my co-workers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2009 - 37 answers

Is it too late for me to become a scientist?

Can I still have a career in science? This economy caused both my spouse and I to lose our jobs and to relocate to find new employment after a 10-year corporate career. Thing is, I hated that career and only loved the money. Now, I am at a crossroads in life. [more inside]
posted by UseyurBrain on Jun 6, 2009 - 14 answers

How to Stop Hating My Job?

What can I do to stop hating my job? I really cannot stand my job, but I work full-time to support my husband while he goes to graduate school. He has all kinds of work/social functions that I've come to dread because it's all I can do not to burst into tears when someone asks "What do you do?" [more inside]
posted by curiousowl on Mar 19, 2009 - 33 answers

How do I stop feeling like I'm living someone else's life?

How do I stop feeling so detached from everything? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2009 - 15 answers

Depressive episode in a bad economy?

I'm going through a depressive episode at the moment and I'm worried about my job given the economy. What should I do that I don't know I should do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2009 - 21 answers

My Life Needs a Reboot. Advice for the lost?

My life is a mess. I'm in debt over my head, without a steady income, and in the midst of a personal crisis. What can I do to get back on my feet and get some direction in life? [more inside]
posted by GS1977 on Nov 10, 2008 - 18 answers

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how my perfectionism, indecisiveness, and depression are driving me mad. [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent on Sep 10, 2007 - 17 answers

Major career change. Major anxiety

Going back to school, making a career change, age is starting to become a factor and I can barely function emotionally. Help. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Apr 30, 2007 - 25 answers

Is happiness fleeting?

I'm happy for the first time in my life. Really, amazingly happy. Only, I still have lots of big goals I'd like to accomplish in my life, and I'm worried that any moves I make toward these goals will take me away from the things I love so much about my life. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2005 - 18 answers

[LifeFilter] Help me help myself

Help me help myself. I have had social anxiety for almost as long as I can remember and for the last few had also been depressed as a result. [Gory details inside] [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2005 - 10 answers

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