Dear Judge Mental Jones,
I absolutely hate my job right now and I feel depressed. Am I depressed because I hate my job or do I hate my job because I am depressed? I just celebrated my one year anniversary at my job, and I pray that I will win the lottery – or at least get a notice in the mail for jury duty so that I don’t have to go to work. I am currently looking for a new position; however, I have a mortgage so I can’t quit until I find a job with an equivalent salary. I could give you a whole list of why I don’t like my job: such as inconsistent management policies, low colleague morale, having to work constant overtime just to keep up with everything (I’m on salary so I’m not getting paid for this extra time), uninformed upper management. If however, I am really depressed and that is WHY I hate my job, then once I find a new job I’m still going to feel just as tired, uninterested, unmotivated as I feel now. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.
Dear Do I Hate My Job Or Am I Depressed Or Both?
First, please go see a health professional aka your doctor and talk to about how you’ve been feeling. You must get the medical professional give you the diagnosis. However, no matter what the diagnosis, it sounds like you need to find a new job anyway.
Nothing is worse than feeling unappreciated or taken advantage of by your supervisors and bosses at work. Resentment starts to build and before you know it, you hate everyone and everything to do with the office. Also, you might even like your co-workers, but then their love for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ starts to get on your nerves, even though you might like ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ as you talk around the water cooler because the whole environment has become a toxic bag of shit.
So my strategy would be to get your ass to a doctor (read; a doctor’s note) for some paid time off (referred to by HR as “Mental Health Days”) and some meds. If you’re having the time of your life after that – then it was you. OR update your resume and shop it around to see your options… they might be shittier than this?? And if that’s the case, then like most people, you drank the University Kool-aid and picked a whack ass career/industry, and you’re living out your 18-year-old-you’s choices. Either way, the problem determines the actions.
xo Judge Mental Jones
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