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(CNN)   Studies show unemployment leads to mental illness, staying up 'til 3 in the morning to catch that one episode of Law and Order where Lennie Briscoe makes an amusing quip right before the opening credits   (cnn.com) divider line 15
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2012-06-16 08:40:37 AM
4 votes:
It's not lack of work that makes you crazy, it's lack of money. If I hit the lottery, I'd be very happy never spending a day at work again.
2012-06-16 08:47:21 AM
3 votes:
I could see how it could be soul crushing if you had a family (especially children) and you couldn't provide for them and had to scrape by on some form of government assistance.

But, if you are unattached, it can actually be pretty damn awesome. I was able to live a very comfortable 'college-kid' style lifestyle with the unemployment money. Most days, I'd sleep in until 10am, check a few online websites/apply for jobs. By 11am I was done. It was great. I had all the free time in the world to do things that interested me. I suddenly had time to cook healthy food/go on a diet. I had time to run 3x a week and money to go to the gym 3x a week. I'd take my sweet time getting ready, spend a lot of time on Facebook and lolpics and get to the gym by 1pm. By 2:30pm I was back at home.

I took up drawing. That was cool, but I'm terrible at it.
I also started playing my guitar again. And without the pressures of school/work I could do all those other fun things *AND* practice 30-45 minutes a day. My playing improved *A LOT*.

And whenever any of my friends wanted to do anything....I was down. I was never tired from work. Never busy with crap I didn't want to do. A few of my friends would stop at a bar on their way home from work around 5:30 - I'd meet up with them. Friday and Saturday nights, I was always up for going out drinking and socializing. I met a lot of new people just by going out more. I had a lot of fun.

To be honest, it was pretty awesome. It was exactly like college, but without the classes.

Socially, being unemployed made me feel a little uncomfortable; so I lied about it. Short-term, it was great.
2012-06-16 10:25:05 AM
2 votes:

Weaver95: KellyKellyKelly: Weaver95: ha! shows what YOU know! I was mentally ill before I got laid off! muhahahahahahaha!

This. Although fighting with my ex-employer regarding the nature of my leaving the company will drive me farking insane.

/I say fired
//they say quit

in my case, my job got outsourced to India. which is actually rather funny, since...well...I didn't take notes on a lot of the changes I made to various programs and system upgrades. not to mention the fact that I was the only guy who knew where everything was located on weekend shift. ah well..not my problem anymore.

also...I know there might be a bit of 'sour grapes' to this statement but...since I got laid off i'm starting to realize just how much I hated working those hours. its like I didn't notice it while I was there and pulling those shifts, but since I got booted out of the company i've been sort of looking back at the past couple of years and not liking what I see.


First, sorry to hear about your job loss.

Second, I agree with you. When I was laid off from my job, I realized how much I hated it. That's the thing about technology jobs: without the money, it sucks on ice. You have awful hours, an awful diet that goes with it, and various other things that add up combined with the contempt a lot of people feel towards you for being 1) more employable, more or less, combined with 2) having a role in an organization that cannot be easily filled. Yeah, they can hire someone in India, but that will be nice and fine for a few months before something breaks and your replacement can't do a goddamn thing to fix it because of proximity and experience. Not to mention reducing your tech staff also means you show your tech staff what it means to have free time, and that always wins out over a job that doesn't pay enough, nor ever can.

There is nothing more toxic to a system where people are expected to work constantly throughout their lives for menial pay than being forcibly removed from that system to see how much of their lives they're missing and how awful those situations really are. And most economists will never realize this, and that's why the American system is really farked. Giving people time to think never benefits a shiatty system ever.
2012-06-16 10:14:19 AM
2 votes:
I was laid off in April . . . And it wasn't the first time this company laid me off in April. I was working 50-60 hours a week. Aside from cutting nearly every extra expense to make our savings go further, I've rather enjoyed having my first vacation in years.

Perhaps the most depressing aspect of my unemployment is waiting to hear back from applications.

I'm also slightly worried my previous job will call me back. It was like working for crazy people. The company was run by Mormon nepotism so there was always plenty of unqualified offspring, making more than you, asking for help on how to concatenate data in Excel.
2012-06-16 09:11:11 AM
2 votes:
Granted, the first few months of unemployment can be great, if you've got savings and or government assistance to not become, uh, homeless.
I've been working in the most menial and dirty of jobs since I was 15 and have allways been happy to take on any job, no matter how lowly, degrading or disgusting. I even worked at Subway for a while.
But after a few months of applying for every job out there and not getting even to interview level, I can see how it damages the unemployed who dont want to be unemployed.
"Is there something WRONG with me..?" "Am I too old?" "Am I just dumber than I thought?".

At my local jobcentre it's a ratio of about 80/20, 80% being the teenagers with babies who are quite content to have babies and use that as their base income. The other 20% are the ones who want to work but are getting a little old and tired but have become jaded bitter alcoholics in their desperate search for employment.


And also, unemployed people may be more prone to mental illness because they've simply got more TIME to think about their problems. Atleast with a full time job you can put your brain on standby and just get on with living.

I've got plenty of hobbies and have recently turned my kitchen into an art studio. I'm working my way through every book in the library. I run on the cycle track until I throw up/pass out each day. I've memorized every black book episode.
But I'm still going up the wall and out of my mind with the isolation of this situation.
"I'm so lonely I dont even want to be with myself anymore".

Sorry, long rambling post.
I have some sympathy for the unemployed.


But still, the cheerful fact of this is that well, This is not a Gulag. No one is being sent off to work camps of enforced labor. Yet..
2012-06-16 08:59:38 AM
2 votes:
mental illness and lack of sleep also a career killer.

if you really think someone is a ticking time bomb where you work be wise and don't taunt them. it may seem funny at the moment but some people don't realize how hurtful shiatty comments are, and that they are placing themselves right in the target cross hairs. some people go through life with a very full plate and all it takes is that last straw to break the proverbial camels back. insulting your way onto that radar screen is incredibly stupid.
2012-06-16 08:14:03 AM
2 votes:
ha! shows what YOU know! I was mentally ill before I got laid off! muhahahahahahaha!
2012-06-17 08:49:27 PM
1 votes:
I'll either end up a statistic on the news one day, or I won't, and I'll get a job. One or the other will happen eventually. I keep trying for the job thing and eking out funds trying to keep a roof and a job hunt. I wake up, I do the day thing, it gets dark, I go to bed and sleep and do the night thing, it gets light again.

I feel like a robot running the "drunkard's walk" algorithm. Over and over. And the economy is constantly and randomly placing and removing jobs on the game board around all the other robots running "drunkard's walk." That's a pretty close metaphor for the portion of the job search process that isn't skill.

The big blue room is spinning. Make it stop.
2012-06-16 12:14:16 PM
1 votes:

coco ebert: bekovich: Cant say I've noticed an increase in depression levels. They're about the same. I've been unemployed for some time, and certainly the monotony, the loneliness and the absolute lack of dignity in taking handouts from the government are very damaging.
The alcohol consumption now, that is a concern. Over the last couple of months I have noticed a litre a week or so has become a litre a day.
But that will stop as soon as I get a Job. I Can Stop Any Time I Want!

During the Great Depression stories abounded of people starving because they were too ashamed to get government help. Don't be ashamed, this is precisely why we have a social system. To help those in need. Just don't turn into a Craig T. Nelson type later.


Indeed. DO NOT appear in Flesh Gordon. no one should be that hard-up for a job.
2012-06-16 12:11:59 PM
1 votes:

bekovich: Cant say I've noticed an increase in depression levels. They're about the same. I've been unemployed for some time, and certainly the monotony, the loneliness and the absolute lack of dignity in taking handouts from the government are very damaging.
The alcohol consumption now, that is a concern. Over the last couple of months I have noticed a litre a week or so has become a litre a day.
But that will stop as soon as I get a Job. I Can Stop Any Time I Want!


During the Great Depression stories abounded of people starving because they were too ashamed to get government help. Don't be ashamed, this is precisely why we have a social system. To help those in need. Just don't turn into a Craig T. Nelson type later.
2012-06-16 11:59:22 AM
1 votes:
Losing my job was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I started writing for real, lost all my stress weight and realized that 40 hours a week was killing me. Took a year and a half off to write a book and then got the perfect part time job ever (and this was all at the height of the recession). The only reason I could do that though was that we had savings to fall back on, husband was still working (on part time salary, but money was still coming in so not everything was coming out of savings) and we don't have any kids.

Tangentially related, I think best thing you can ever do for your kids is to give them money to jump start a real savings account when they finally enter the real world (i.e. after college if they go, before if they don't and are responsible). You don't have to start with a ridiculous amount of money--not $100,000 or anything--just enough to give them a head start. As long as they are conscientious enough to actually put away money on top of whatever you give them every paycheck, any unexpected bills short of major medical work will be no problem and BAM your kids are financially secure and can make it through bouts of unemployment without contemplating suicide.
2012-06-16 11:25:40 AM
1 votes:
I've been unemployed for almost two years...

www.sitcomsonline.com

But I'm much better now...
2012-06-16 11:08:06 AM
1 votes:

MyRandomName:

Well.this actually explains why you latched on to liberalism and ows so well. It simply fits.to your current ethos. So much for having convictions.


actually - I was more involved with OWS when I was employed than I am now.
2012-06-16 08:51:37 AM
1 votes:
Also - the guy in the article is a retard.

He's a 'software test engineer' but he can't automate the refreshing of job sites without his being there? I'd have spent one day writing a simple screen scraper and I'd have it text me whenever a new job appeared. I'd use my smart phone to check the job posting - wherever I was.

There is no reason, at all, to be afraid to watch TV because you have to CONSTANTLY refresh the job sites. Any tech person who would do that shouldn't be a tech person.
2012-06-16 08:19:54 AM
1 votes:
Stupid TNT... Replaced the second hour of Law and Order with a rotating show that isn't Law and Order.

AND SHOW THE DAMN EPISODES IN ORDER! We don't want to see a Briscoe and Logan, followed by a Fontana and Falco!
 
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