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Jazz

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Re: Work and Mental Health
« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2017, 08:00:26 PM »
Can second that. Medication, masterbation and meditation literally changed my life. And for the better. Much, much better.

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Re: Work and Mental Health
« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2017, 10:24:21 AM »
Really depends on the employer.  I've had bosses that bend over backwards for employees, and ones that don't give a damn.  I lost a promotion because I misread how my boss would reach to some news.  From that point I've make sure that any information I give them will have the kind of outcome that I want.  I would find someone who you trust and sound them out about your situation.  Best of luck how ever it plays out 

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Re: Work and Mental Health
« Reply #17 on: April 21, 2017, 06:36:32 PM »
Leaving has been a thought.

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I love the company, and I love the work I do.   I want to work here, and I want this company in particular to succeed.

There are issues, I do not know how to address them.

I was in a similar situation a few years ago, loving where I worked, enjoying (some aspects of) my job, having issues, and considering leaving. I don't want to give too many details, but will say the issues were partly triggered by factors external to work, partly internal (I hated other aspects of the job), and were a recurrence of earlier problems I'd had. It was probably fairly severe depression but at the time I did nothing to address it. I ended up getting a new job at the same organisation (much more intellectually stimulating, thankfully, and also removed other workplace-based factors), which helped a lot, but recently things have deteriorated a bit and this time I am trying to do something about it before it progresses too far. So that's a bit of background, and more personal than I'd usually post.

I can't tell you how to address your issues, except to recommend seeking professional help, either from your GP or mental health charities if you have them available. I would not recommend leaving your job unless there is something very specific about it that is a direct cause of your issues. The possibility of boredom and added financial stress could make things worse, and given how positive you are about it in principal it could help you once you start to address things, but that will partly depend on the support you receive.

Fortunately I live in a country with good laws protecting employees, and it's basically impossible to be released for having health problems. Also I get the feeling my organisation goes well beyond what is required, especially concerning mental health. Our HR department has resources and information available on the intranet. The first thing my boss asked when I talked to him a few weeks ago was if work was a factor and how it could be changed to help me, e.g. more or less responsibilities of different types, working from home, reassurance that calling in sick at short notice was ok, etc. Also how he could adapt his management style to help me, e.g. more or less contact, style and tone of communications, etc.

So in summary, I was able to have a straight-up honest conversation saying "this is the issue and this is what I'm doing about it" and then work through options of adapting my job in the best way to help me. That seems to me to be close to the ideal, and I really hope your workplace environment allows you to do something similar. Knowing how you are affected (e.g being able to say "I can do this, I can't do that" or "most days I'm ok, but occasionally not") and also having a solution (e.g. "I have medication/counselling") could help the conversation, and that comes back to the most important advice which is to seek professional help.

Good luck!
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