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How can I work at work?

I can't work at work and I don't know why. I can only get work done after the day's over while sitting on my couch. This isn't sustainable. Help! [more inside]
posted by theraflu on Oct 8, 2015 - 14 answers

Why do I get sick of every job after about 6 months?

I've worked in software QA for the past five years. I've gotten sick of the last three jobs I've had, each after about 6 months. It could be a result of significant changes to the work environment each time, but I'm starting to think it's just me. [more inside]
posted by seiryuu on Sep 23, 2015 - 13 answers

Is there a way out of this?

Dealing with depression, nothing is working, every day is a waste. [more inside]
posted by sarahj on Aug 30, 2015 - 28 answers

Depression and work sickness policies

How do I communicate to my boss that my depressive feelings are reasons for a sick day, or to work from home? Additionally, do you have any tips on improving my focus during depressive bouts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2015 - 11 answers

Should I change my job, and if so, to what?

Should I change my job, and if so, to what? *Or is it a symptom of something else, and how should I address it? I have my own office on campus, with software I require, challenging and interesting work, huge flexibility, variety, good pay (with 25% casual loading, 9% superannuation) and respect. But it's not that simple. [more inside]
posted by b33j on May 23, 2015 - 13 answers

How to make a career decision when I'm 32 and depressed?

I'm 32 years old and recently began suffering from depression. I'm getting help but feel stuck in my job and overwhelmed by life and indecision. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous on Apr 6, 2015 - 12 answers

My colleague has disappeared

My colleague and somewhat friend has not come into work for three days and doesn't answer her phone or doorbell. I am starting to worry and don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Apr 1, 2015 - 47 answers

How to handle extended illness when your company has no leave policy?

I wrote this question at the beginning of February about how bad my mental health had gotten. Since then, I went to the ER and was voluntarily hospitalized in an inpatient psych unit for a week - I just got out on Wednesday. Since then I've been in a partial hospitalization program, which may go on for another 2-4 weeks. My office has told me that they want me to do everything I need to do to take care of myself and get better, but the official policies are not backing that up. How do I manage my time off? [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara on Mar 3, 2015 - 9 answers

Confrontational Work + Low self-esteem, Body Image Issues = ???!

How do I navigate an environment where I'm expected to challenge power and authority constantly, while struggling with my own deeply-rooted issues with body image, self esteem, depression and anxiety? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Please help me decide if I should move back to NYC from SF

Can't decide if I should move back to NYC from SF. Please help me find some new ways to think about the problem. [more inside]
posted by apostate street preacher on Dec 4, 2014 - 27 answers

How to not let negative coworker get me down?

I work in the same department as a very good friend of mine, we'll call him Tom. Tom hates his job and is very vocal about it all the time. I don't know how to deal with this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 27, 2014 - 33 answers

Self- sabotage: A beast with two heads

For the past few years, I've had to deal with what seems like procrastination's more stubborn cousin. It's not just a tendency to put things off- it feels like a visceral, physically-manifested resistance to doing things that should involve no forethought in terms of effort whatsoever, or that do, but that would only serve to help me better myself if I managed to get them done. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Sep 18, 2014 - 19 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

What can I do for the next 5-6 weeks?

I chose not to go on vacation with my family (to their native country that I've been to before) to take summer classes instead. My summer session 2 class filled up and I got screwed out of a seat. Now, I'm stuck here (NYC) with nothing to do for the rest of the summer. Help me not lose my mind and fill this time up. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Jul 16, 2014 - 22 answers

How should I prepare to return to work after medical leave?

After being off work for medical reasons for more than a year, I'm tentatively looking to return to work within the next 3 months. If you have been in a similar situation, what worked well for you, and what would you do differently? [more inside]
posted by spiraldown on May 26, 2014 - 5 answers

Time off for depression - what to do with myself?

How would you use two weeks off work to hack your depression/relax/chill out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2014 - 34 answers

Should I quit my temp job or am I just being fussy?

Last week, after 5 months of unemployment and desperation I managed to get a minimum wage temp job through an agency. On my first day I was incredibly excited to have finally found a job, but quickly realised that I hate it. It's a data entry position, inputting handwritten inventory data into a database. Basically the job is incredibly tedious, there is no variety, I'm doing exactly the same repetitive task for 7.5 hours a day. I'm basically working by myself in an office with other people and can't really talk to anyone because it distracts me. I can't really leave to take a break because the office door is locked and someone has to let me in every time. They are nice to me though and tell me to take regular breaks but there is nowhere to go. [more inside]
posted by fallingleaves on May 18, 2014 - 29 answers

Dealing with stress and comparmentalization.

Problems with the SO, family acting irrationally and Career in a turbulent state. Help me find a way of dealing with the stress! [more inside]
posted by perspicaturous on Jan 23, 2014 - 13 answers

How to cope with a difficult and unhappy job?

All week I have been feeling lost, unhappy, disappointed, confused, and trapped. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Jan 19, 2014 - 30 answers

Depression vs. IUD

I've been dealing with depression for years. I can't tell if it's worse because of my birth control. Help? [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Dec 15, 2013 - 11 answers

Work and depression

I had a nervous breakdown at work two weeks ago. At the insistence of my doctor, I took medical leave and am now in a partial hospitalization program being treated for depression and anxiety. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Nov 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Please help me snap myself out of this

I am depressed/anxious and self-sabotaging by doing little to no work at my job. My boss has not yet said anything to me about my un-/non-productivity, but I have to think she'll cotton on sooner or later. Help me figure out a) how to start working again and b) whether I should say anything to my boss. Predictably, there is more inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2013 - 9 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

My Magic Wand...Well, It's Not Working

I'm the special education teacher in a therapeutic high school and I've got an amazingly smart male student with an assortment of behaviors (sleeping, work refusal) and diagnoses (depression, selective mutism) who needs help and I'm looking for some suggestions. Have you ever successfully worked with a kid like this? How? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Sep 11, 2013 - 34 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

Keep calm and carry on?

I'm going through a bout of depression and while it isn't affecting my work, it is affecting how I behave at work. I realised today that some of my colleagues have picked up on this change in behaviour. How can I maintain my dignity and privacy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Hand Surgery Part Two?

About 8 weeks ago I sliced the flexor profundus tendon that allows the tip of my right pinky to function. I had surgery and have now subsequently re-severed the healing tendon, requiring ANOTHER round of surgery to try to repair again. Should I go through with this? Issues related to post-operative depression, unemployment, and general existentialist angst inside. See previous. [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Apr 16, 2013 - 11 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

What are good reasons for quitting a job?

I'm depressed and overwhelmed. I think this is primarily due to work pressures. Are these reasons to quit a job? What are some valid reasons? What should I be asking myself? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Feb 26, 2013 - 19 answers

Should I get a part time job?

Before I start, I'd like to point out that I'm not spoiled or lazy. I've been dealing with the very real problems of depression and anxiety for most of my life, and for the past five years I've been working from home. [more inside]
posted by Cybria on Feb 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Overcoming a Stigma of Helplessness

Hey all. Posting my questions to this community has been very helpful. I'm thankful so far for the advice I've been getting. This question has to do with something I've been struggling with my whole adulthood. I was diagnosed with clinical depression in my teens, and since then it's really limited a lot of what I can do. It didn't help much that I married a very overbearing person when I was 19 who basically took over my life for me. I left him two years ago and I've been recovering from my depression thanks to medication and a lot of self help techniques. I've started exercising and eating right, and I've lost weight, which I'm happy about. My next goal is to become self sufficient. My work ethic needs help though because I have a lot of trouble getting things done. I believe it stems from all those years I spent in deep depression and not being able to take care of myself. I procrastinate out of being overwhelmed and fearful of outcomes. I wouldn't call it laziness. It's just tough for me to learn a new way of living. Any advice on how to deal with this and improve my work ethic? I believe it's due time I start getting out of my own way. Thank you MeFi community. :)
posted by Cybria on Jan 24, 2013 - 12 answers

It's not you, it's me working for you

How can you tell when it's you or the job? [more inside]
posted by girih knot on Jan 6, 2013 - 16 answers

what kind of help do i need to ask for at work?

Please help me articulate and figure out the help I am looking for, from my boss, at work. General tips on how to ask friends for the help you need (depression/ADD/anxiety related) are welcome. [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Jan 2, 2013 - 2 answers

I'm Okay, You're a Wreck.

Coworker/friend/mentor really, really depressed... and with good reason. Can/should I help? How? Wall o' sadness inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Should I disclose my mental health issues to a prospective (and former) employer?

Last year I quit my job due to depression and anxiety. I now have an interview with my former employer for the same job. Should I disclose my mental health issues during the interview as an explanation for my progressively lazy work attitude and subsequent quitting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Drowning not waving

I am so overwhelmed and struggling right now that it feels like I have no options and I'm intractably stuck. I know logically that I do have options but I can't sort out what I could do from what I shouldn't, what might work from Just Don't Go There, and getting objective, realistic advice is difficult. [more inside]
posted by noxetlux on Oct 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Need to reframe my thinking and comparing self to coworkers with families.

How can I reframe my thinking so that I stop comparing myself to coworkers who do all they do AND have families to take care of at home? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Oct 15, 2012 - 16 answers

How can I pass as a normal person?

Pretending to be normal. [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Oct 5, 2012 - 28 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

Is there a happy ending to breaking a contract and quitting your job?

I want to quit my job.. but I can't. I'm unhappy. I'm lonely. And I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2012 - 21 answers

How to exit gracefully from an unworkable & unaffordable living situation?

Back in May I cosigned a lease for an apartment with a friend of a friend running from July to July. Thanks to changing circumstances since then, I can't afford it and I have no choice but to get out of the whole arrangement by September, before university starts back up again. The province I'm in has extremely pro-tenant rental laws, so transferring the lease will not be a problem. What concerns me is dropping this bomb on the cosigner, who is 4000 km away until, well, just when I'd have to leave. Since we were introduced in April for the purposes of being roommates, he's also shown himself to be far more naive than he appears when it comes to stuff like this. But I've also committed a huge error in judgement by signing for this place, and I feel guilty for helping to convince him. I've accepted I'll have to burn more than one bridge. But I'm way too overwhelmed by the hundreds of responsibilities have piled up on my shoulders, and need to tell him very soon. How do I make this as quick, painless and guilt-free as is possible? More on the "changing circumstances" inside: read just the bold bits if you're short on time. [more inside]
posted by denmarkstreet on Jul 21, 2012 - 6 answers

I just want to get back to normal. This is hard.

My depression is getting out of hand. I’ve started therapy, and will probably soon be on meds. But I’m having trouble coping, during the in-between times. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me not screw up my life!

I got fired from two of my three jobs for absenteeism. For some reason, when I get stressed out in life, I get so down that it's hard to go in. I get sick to my stomach and anxious, it's like I have a panic attack at just the thought of going in. [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Jul 14, 2012 - 22 answers

Can you really hold down a job? REALLY?

How do you figure out whether or not your mental illness is serious enough to (basically) permanently stop working? Are there books or worksheets you can use to sort this out? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Jun 22, 2012 - 13 answers

Good job, fork grabber. Try not to cry on your pasta.

My clinical depression is getting worse and I think I need to quit my job, but really need the income. I'm in Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2012 - 16 answers

Worried about going back to work after being signed off

Hi everyone. I've got a problem and wondered if anyone could give me some help and advice. I've been signed off work for a week because my old recurring problem of depression has reared its crappy head. It was very sudden. I went to the doctor on Tuesday basically in tears, exhausted and pretty much unable to function. You know; the usual. [more inside]
posted by Tiltedwindow on May 25, 2012 - 12 answers

Help the Sad Kid Not Get Fired

I have depression. I was just fired from my part-time job at my university for "inconsistent attendance" during shifts for the past two semesters. I realize that I can't get my job back, but how can I prevent this in the future? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2012 - 24 answers

Ennui - why?

I feel really fed up and I don't know why or what to do about it. My current situation may be the best one for me at the moment, so why do I feel unhappy? (A lot of long snowflakiness inside.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Are you a reformed malingerer? How did you quit?

I'm the boy who cried wolf! (or 'ouch'!) Help me stop, especially in light of the fact that this behavior has been positively reinforced at some points. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2012 - 5 answers

how to talk to boss about subpar work due to depression

Boss wants to talk about why I haven't been in the office that much these past few months and why my work is not up to par. I've been struggling with depression. How can I talk to him about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 - 28 answers

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