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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Can Depression Keep Me from Getting a Job?

Dear Ms Curtiss 

My depression keeps me fear from finding a job. 
I sometimes say how the employer will let me work if he knew or notice my case. 

I need help for this thoughts 

Thanks 
R

Dear R,

In the first place there are probably 100 million people in this country who are depressed some times. Make that 300 million. You are no different from everybody else. We all get depressed now and then. Some people just get out of it faster.

That's the only difference, some people get out of their depression faster. They can do that because they notice that first downer thought and zap it before it gets going good on their mood. Depression is much easing to zap when you make yourself aware of the downer shift right away.

The other difference is that some people who get depressed behave as if they are depressed. They sigh a lot, and look sad, and speak in a weak sad voice. The also put out their anger on other people. Others have decided that, even though they may be depressed at the moment, they will not BEHAVE in a depressed manner. They will be CHEERFUL, and mindful of others, and look for ways to feel better by connecting with other people. They will continue to concentrate on their work instead of their depression, and think about what they are doing and not think about feeling bad.

If you manage your behavior well, your depression need not keep you from doing well on the job. Go for it.

A. B. Curtiss

3 comments:

Ginger said...

I was told by a human resources professional that if an applicant has a diagnosis from a psychiatrist as having a personality disorder or depression and is on medication, they can choose not to hire the applicant.

They are legally witin their rights to do that, as they may determine that such a diagnosis could hinder the applicant's performance, or create a "risk management" issue.

Some job applications inquire about mental health history and any medications being taken.

Granted, most of the time when applying for work this sort of information remains private. At some larger organizations though, it often is delved into by HR.

{GiftsLikeFireAndFreedom} said...

I'm really sorry to come off as abrasive, but you really don't sound like you get what she's asking. This is a matter of someone not being sure if someone will hire her because of her depression. It's less about what she's letting herself do and seeing if she can be discriminated against.

Ginger's comment is a lot more helpful, though I'd like a bit more verification and information. It could just be a state law Ginger's referencing, for example, and what I'd like to know personally is which jobs, states, etc, we're in danger of being discriminated against as depressed people.

{GiftsLikeFireAndFreedom} said...

I'm really sorry to come off as abrasive, but you really don't sound like you get what she's asking. This is a matter of someone not being sure if someone will hire her because of her depression. It's less about what she's letting herself do and seeing if she can be discriminated against.

Ginger's comment is a lot more helpful, though I'd like a bit more verification and information. It could just be a state law Ginger's referencing, for example, and what I'd like to know personally is which jobs, states, etc, we're in danger of being discriminated against as depressed people.