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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 6
    More: Sad, Lennie Briscoe, Leahy's, myalgias  
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3386 clicks; posted to Main » on 16 Jun 2012 at 8:30 AM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-06-16 09:43:58 AM  
2 votes:
Wrong subby. Insanity is watching reruns of Quacker Factory's Jeanne Bice on the Home Shopping Network at 3am.

/head band porn anyone?
2012-06-16 08:14:03 AM  
2 votes:
ha! shows what YOU know! I was mentally ill before I got laid off! muhahahahahahaha!
2012-06-16 08:36:57 PM  
1 votes:
Wrong, subby. I watch for the episode where Claire Kincaid gets killed while she's driving a drunk Briscoe home... It still gets to me every time I watch it. In my deteriorating mental state (because of my long-term unemployment) it's like a misery-loves-company fix.
2012-06-16 10:24:34 AM  
1 votes:

dv-ous: Most people get a preponderance of their social interaction at work


This is true. But I wish it wasn't, because I can't stand most of them.
2012-06-16 09:38:26 AM  
1 votes:
i.cdn.turner.com

Was it the long term unemployment or was it the testosterone shots?
2012-06-16 08:47:21 AM  
1 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.
 
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