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ZEPHYRA's avatar

Would it be wrong to state depression for quitting your job?

Asked by ZEPHYRA (21639points) July 16th, 2017

Would it look bad or sound weird for a person to say that he is suffering from depression and needs some time out of the workforce?

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PullMyFinger's avatar

Well….while there seems to be a stigma attached to almost anything any of us says about anything these days, I can’t imagine why the ‘job-quitter’ would want to be that specific.

“This just isn’t a good match for me” is really all that needs to be said.

Any comment deeper than that only serves to handicap you in the future, not the employer.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

It shouldn’t @ZEPHYRA, but I would avoid putting that down like the plague. Sadly, there is still stigma attached to mental illness. It’s wrong, but we live in the real world. If he can come up with a different reason, I would do so.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Anything to do with a medical condition is not appropriate for interviewing for a job.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Use the word health and the need to take care of yourself if you insist on giving a reason. It is best not to. It is best to simply say that effective xxxxxxx you will separate from the company making your last day to report for work XXXXX. Follow with thanks for the oppportunity blah blah blah. That is my advice.

funkdaddy's avatar

Yes, it will jump out at people. They will wonder “why” you’re depressed (like there’s one event out there), and look for answers in the little piece of your life they know about.

I had a manager who I quit a job with, I had given my real reason for leaving on a form and she brought it back with some advice not to share so much when you’re dumping a group of people. She was pretty smart.

It sounds callous, but it seems the world at large thinks there’s only one acceptable reason to leave a job; “other opportunities”. So I’d simply use that if you need to give a reason.

You can define those opportunities for friends, or those you care for, but for the employer as a whole, there’s usually no need to go any deeper.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Don’t do it! Those words can come back to haunt you.
Say: another opportunity, another location, better working hours/conditions, increased pay, more growth potential, etc,. ... anything but your own health.reason. Especially that one!

josie's avatar

If you drop out of the work force, you won’t have any money. Talk about depression.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, I would hesitate to rehire someone who quit for that reason. Wouldn’t you?
And what @josie said.

Dutchess_III's avatar

In the details you said “needs some time out of the workforce…” Would you hoping they’d hire you back?
That’s kind of what I based my answer on.

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