Help finding a job while living with depression

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    jwalton wrote...


    Hi. I hope somebody can help me. I've been living with major depression for over fifteen years, more than half my life. I have been on so many medications I can't even remember all of them. I also see a psychologist. I used to do a half decent job of coping with work and home life. Then three years ago my mother committed suicide. I was forced to take a demotion at work and have been on two leaves of absence since then. I have also been in a financial crisis because of missing so much work. All I want is to find a job that I can do from home so that I'm not so overwhelmed. All I can find is advertisements for home based businesses and get rich quick schemes. I don't want to get rich, and I'm not looking for a handout. I just want to pay my bills. My employer is getting tired of me crying all the time and asking for shorter work days. Help!

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    Dear jwalton,


    I'm sorry you're having such a rough time. If I couldn't work from home, I don't know how I'd hold down a job, so I can empathize with you.


    Here are some suggestions:

    • Contact your local job services office. (usually part of the office where people apply for unemployment benefits. Increasingly, some employers are looking for contract workers so they don't have to offer them benefits. The job services office may well have listings for work you can do from home.
    • Check out It's essentially an online employment agency. You can post your resume and look for a job there.
    • Check out This company has been around for 10 years now, and has job listings specifically for work done online.
    • Don't be bashful about asking family, friends, church members, etc., if they know of any job openings that would be right for you. Sometimes, people just don't think to mention it when they know of something that's available.

    Since I don't know what kind of work you do, I'm not sure if I can suggest anything about your current job. Is it something you could do from home sometimes?


    Hope this helps,


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Published On: November 07, 2007