The Mental Phases Of Long-Term Unemployment

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Depression

Depression can be a phase of long-term unemployment. Even though it is situational depression, it can feel like clinical depression. Employment gives one a sense of purpose, so without it, you can see how one could become depressed. Then there are even those thoughts in which you’re critical of the job you once had—or the jobs to which you’re applying—and you think, “Well those don’t give me much purpose either, just the illusion of purpose.”

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