Asking for help
If, despite these efforts, you find yourself spiraling downward and your job search blues seem much more serious, it can be beneficial to ask for professional help, Cavanaugh says -- and that's OK. There shouldn't be any shame involved. Though she is not a mental health professional (and this advice should not be construed as a medical or psychological diagnosis), she's had to have these tough conversations with clients in the past, she says.
"If the depression, anxiety and hopelessness is taking over and you're just unable to get out of your own head, if you're feeling worthless and without purpose, that's a red flag. Anger is another one. It's normal to feel upset or angry, to an extent, especially if you've been laid off or if you feel you were treated unfairly, but if it gets to a certain point that you're angry at your former employer, or specific people, or if the anger is out of proportion to the situation -- these are issues that should be addressed with the help of medical professionals. There's nothing wrong with asking for help," Cavanaugh says.
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