Amber Roberts en Communications and journalism, beBee in English, Writers Company Reseacher • Self Employed 22/11/2016 · 1 min de lectura · +800

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 
  • Irritation 
  • Apathy 
  • 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. Can you get a mental illness from searching for a job??















I have a mentall illness already. I don't think you can get it from looking for a job , as its not fair for someone who, like myself have a biological chemical imbalance, but Job hunting can make it worse.

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Michele Williams Hace 4 d · #8

Welcome Amber! Good advice for handling stress. Your advice can also help people with their Holiday stress which can be magnified by the stress of a prolonged job search.

Tips from Amber Roberts:

"1. Take time for yourself. - take a walk, listen to your favorite music, etc.
2. Exercise - get rid of some stress and get in shape too!
3. Talk to someone .
4. Start a hobby. " (For example, blogging on beBee! Choose a topic you are passionate about.)

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Lisa Gallagher Hace 4 d · #7

Hi @Amber Roberts, First, welcome to beBee and it's great you produced your first buzz. I bet more people become anxious and/or depressed when they are out of a job and looking for a new one. You mentioned some great ways to tackle daily stressors! The only thing I might add, if someone develops clinical depression which is different that situational depression, well they need to seek help. They can go to their General Practioner, A Psychiatrist or to a Counselor in order to work beyond the clinical stage of depression and become healthier. Otherwise, I'm fairly certain that job hunting and being without a job when a person needs it is anxiety provoking. Great buzz, thanks for sharing!

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Zacharias Voulgaris Hace 5 d · #6

Very insightful article. Thank you for sharing!
I'd like to add one thing that I've found useful, during my unemployment days (or months, rather), namely, creative endeavors. For me this took the form of writing. Other times it was music composition, or some other art form. I think it doesn't matter, as long as it helps you feel creative, productive and perhaps even useful.

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Joel Anderson Hace 5 d · #5

I am glad I saw your thank you note as I missed this one originally. Great insights that I can use in my mentoring process.

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Deb Helfrich 23/11/2016 · #4

Nice to meet you, @Amber Roberts. Glad you have joined beBee. It is true that the job seeking process is actually harder work than having a job because there aren't even any water cooler conversations...! And that is an important part of managing stress - being part of a supportive community. There are a lot of great people around here, doing fun and important work, so mingle and recharge a little so that the next stage of your job hunt can be a little less stressful.

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George Touryliov 22/11/2016 · #3

Brilliant! Thanks for share.. Write more!!!

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Emily Forget (Newbee!) 22/11/2016 · #2

I too am out of work at the moment and I enjoyed this very uplifting post. It was realistic, but positive too. I can relate to this more than you know! Sweet-Honey!!!

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