Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Overheard on CNN.com: Is your job making you depressed?


Comment of the day: “I think Drew Carey said it best: ‘Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called everybody, and they meet at the bar.’ ” --jsmith111


When your job is too miserable


Is having no job better than having one that makes you completely unhappy? A new study suggests that some jobs are so demoralizing they're actually worse for mental health than not working at all.


So what did CNN.com readers think of the story? Many of them could relate.


cybury said, “This article is so true. As a victim of the great I.T. crash of 2001 I went from having an awesome career to crap jobs run by exploitive employers who gave themselves bonuses and salary increase all the while crying poverty and offering employees zero percent increases.” adimit said, “This article is right on about bad managers. The best thing that ever happened to me is finding a better job and better career.”


StarStuff80 said, “I walked away from a high-stress, no-appreciation position seven months ago. My wife said she got her ‘old husband’ back about two weeks afterwards. Fortunately, we were financially able for me to step back and search for the right position for me. I'm still looking, but my mental health is much better since leaving.”   RootinTootin said, “Many people who have managed to keep their jobs are now made to feel overwhelmed, insecure about their employment, underpaid, and micromanaged by managers who have realized they can now get away with that sort of treatment.”


And there were many CNN.com readers who said any job is better than having no job at all. greg70 said, “Work is work. Sometimes you have to take the crappy job before the good job comes up." lokii said, “Having any job is better than long time unemployment. Let’s see how your mental health suffers when your self-worth takes a big hit, there’s no food on the table, your power gets cut off and the bill collectors are calling nonstop.” And JKineSeeds13 said, “What is this article supposed to be? Another excuse for unemployed people to stay on the couch and watch ‘The Price Is Right’ ?”


A few CNN.com readers said it’s possible to find jobs they actually like. briancmyers said, “Do what you enjoy for a living and you'll never have to work a day in your life.” And emmasdad said, “Of all the people in the world, 95% of them hate their job. The other 5% love their job. We all make choices in life to be in that 5%.”


Gottfried gets flack, loses Aflac


The Aflac duck is looking for a new voice. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, the high-pitched funnyman behind the commercial quack, was fired less than an hour after he tweeted jokes about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. CNN.com reader’s opinion about the firing varied.


ArickM said, “If you’re going to make a joke in bad taste, it should at least be funny.” MrsFizzy said, “Ah, another victim of Twitter addiction!” surfsouthbay said, “Sadly I think saying ‘Aflac’ was the most impressive of Gottfried's unimpressive career.”   Impishbrat said, “(The disaster in Japan) is a tragedy, yes. But he is a comedian who is supposed to try to find humor in all the misery of the world. People really, really make me sad sometimes.” And Brendan127 said, “Humor has always been a defense against tragedy. It is what gets most of us through tragic events.”


Diablovtpa pointed out that this line of joking isn’t new for the comedian. “Gottfried darkly joked about 9/11 three weeks after it happened at the roast of Hugh Hefner and then made jokes about the death of fellow comedian Greg Giraldo (who likely would have chuckled at them) the day of his death. Now we all act surprised he makes jokes about this? Come on folks. The time to be shocked by Gottfried was years ago.”


DontForget1 said, “Aflac already has the most annoying commercials around. They should fire the guy that thought they were good.” And margd responded, “Gee ... I always kind of liked the Aflack duck.”


Baby Joseph may get tracheotomy


A 1-year-old child born with a deteriorating neurological condition -- his Canadian doctor has legally declared there is no hope for a recovery -- may receive the tracheotomy procedure his parents have been pushing for in the United States.  Most CNN.com readers said they thought it was time for the parents to let go, while a few understood their decision.


JennyTX said, “I'm all in favor of saving lives, but I don't think this baby is really alive anymore. No hope for recovery, no brain function.” bbare89 said, “I don't get these ‘pro- life’ Christians. If they believe that the child will get into heaven, why delay it and have him suffer on Earth?” zamboni said, “Come on everyone. Death is inevitable for all of us. What we must decide and agree on is what constitutes a dignified life and a dignified death. I see nothing dignified about the way this child is being kept alive and now I doubt he will have a dignified death.”  nicki1980 disagreed, “I cannot blame the family for trying to do everything they can. If I were ever put in the position of having to allow my child to die, I'm sure I would just go completely out of my mind. I've followed this story and it does appear hopeless, but if the family is waiting for a miracle, I sure hope they get it. My best wishes go out to them.”


Frenchcanadi shared, “I had a little girl who was anacephalic. She was essentially a vegetable. I rocked her to death, literally, for over 37 hours. It broke my heart. I got pregnant in 1978 and underwent monthly ultrasounds and amniocentesis three months along despite the inherent risks of losing the pregnancy. There was no way on Earth I wanted another child to have the same affliction. I went on to have healthy sons, but there is never a time I don't remember my daughter.”


Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.


Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

March 15, 2011
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v r ready to adopt a child from who has lost their parents in the natural disasters and the procedures and fees for adopting a child from japan is too costly. if it is possible to adopt a child without money then we are the 1st to adopt.

March 16, 2011
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Corporate America is making me depressed.

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