Can you get a mental illness from searching for a job??
Since losing my job almost eight months ago. I like a lot of people have had a difficult time finding work. From all of the job posting boards that I have read the one thing that stands out is how frustrated and scared people are at how long it is taking them to find work. So this got me thinking. Can you get a mental illness from just looking for a job? Now I'm not a psychologist, but I would argue that you can. When you are unemployed and searching for a job you are under a lot of stress.
"If you are under chronic stress (which in today's job market you are) there is an increased risk of developing health problems including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and a weakened immune system. Also, chronic stress also affects a person’s mental health. Studies show a correlation between stress and the development of mood disorders such as anxiety disorders and depression. "
From personal experience, I can say that what the studies say that this is true. There have been times throughout my unemployment journey that I have felt depressed, and had anxiety. Which makes me believe that you can get a mental illness from a job search.
Here are a few physical and mental reactions that can be signs of stress:
- Sleep disturbance (insomnia, fitful sleep)
- Digestive upset
- Mental slowness
- Negative attitude or thoughts
- Decreased contact with friends and family
So the next question is. How do you reduce the stress in your job search? Well, you will never be able to get rid of stress. You will just have to live with it. Once you get your new job, you will be faced with the pressures of that job. However, you can learn how to manage your stress. Here are a few helpful ways to do just that.
- Take time for yourself. - take a walk, listen to your favorite music, etc.
- Exercise - get rid of some stress and get in shape too!
- Talk to someone
- Start a hobby
The fact of the matter is we will never get rid of stress. We will always have it, whether it's from a job search or if it is from the job itself. The only thing that we can do is learn to live with it. The most important thing that I can tell you is to not give up. I know that times are hard and you think that things won't get better, but guess what they will. It may take more time than you would like but it will.