How to Stop the Pill Problem
Gobbling antidepressants like skittles doesn’t help if anxiety and depression are the SYMPTOMS.
A staggering 32 million or so Americans prescribe to antidepressant medication. While the diagnoses have a broad range, there tends to be a common thread of correlation with two main psychosomatic bases: anxiety and depression.
Stress has essentially become the status quo at work, as roughly 80% of the nation reports their job is a major source of stress in their life. The problem is so overwhelming, that I think the source is being overlooked as individuals engage in a mad scramble to alleviate the symptom instead of curing the ailment.
Throwing back a handful of SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) every time the nerves get frazzled might help you hit that project deadline, but at what cost? The stress situation doesn’t get any better (it likely gets worse), and the consequences are a serious shortening of the ultimate deadline… your life.
Depression is equally as pervasive, but instead of defining a norm, it tends to be swept under the rug with a stigma of shame. After all – why would an American be depressed when there is so much opportunity in this country? (Don’t answer that, it’s rhetorical.)
So… what’s the real problem?
While I do not point out a cause-and-effect relationship here, I believe I have several very powerful observations about the real problem, and a genuine solution.
When you are in a career where your Behavioral Style doesn’t match what the work environment requires – there will be increasing amounts of stress in your life. The greater the mis-match, the greater the anxiety. It doesn’t matter how well your education and resume fit the job description – if you don’t match the job, it will be stressful. This can be avoided. (learn more about Behavioral Style here)It doesn’t matter how well your education and resume fit the job description - if you don’t match the job, it will be stressful.Click To Tweet
Likewise, when you are in a career which doesn’t fulfill your primary Driving Forces (your main motivators fueled by psychological value statements), you will become disengaged at work. Lacking a sense of purpose and deeper fulfillment will lead to an experience of depression. It is possible to supplement your career with pastimes and projects that satiate your Driving Forces, but the time spent at work will continue to act as a ball and chain, drowning you deeper in the abyss of depression.
Please, put down the pills.
Alleviating stress and dispelling depression may not require a career change (though that could be your best course of action). It is often possible to work together with your employer to re-define the parameters of your position – after all, they are strongly motivated to get your best at work. Whether a new career, or a newly defined one, the journey towards an ideal career fit starts with having a clear understanding of who you are.
At jobQ, we have no grand illusion of annihilating anxiety and depression with a simple assessment. But what about one percent? What if we could help 300,000 people towards a career fit that would eliminate the need for mood medication in their life? We still think that is ambitious – but we also think that it’s worth the journey.
What Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal (B-HAG) do you have to make the world a better place?
Tell me your story, I’d love to know.