Not So DarkPosted on Wed, Apr. 3rd (2013) at 10:23pm
- I talked to another person on my team
- I talked to my doctor.
When I talked to the other person on my team and found out that they were completely miserable too, it helped me shift my thinking. I'd been trying and failing to connect with my team, and I'd viewed it entirely as a personal failing. When I found out that there was broad misery on my team, I realized it was just a problem, and I can solve problems. That was incredibly helpful, but I also talked to my doctor, and after multiple bouts of tears, she gave me the lowest possible dose of antidepressants. Honestly, although I am not in any way glad that the rest of my team is miserable, I'm grateful to have found out what was going on, because it gave me something tangible to solve. I realized that everyone in the team is new, and we're running into (I think) 4 things:
- Incredibly competent people in new roles who are scrambling to come up to speed and falling back on insecure behaviors while they do
- people who are in a steady role but who have a manager in a new role who is coming up to speed and falling back on insecure behaviors
- people in a stable role with a stable manager who are asked to convert to all new processes for getting things done (agile).
On the Dr front, honestly, I *do* think the prescription is helping. There has been a day or two where I straight up forgot to take the tiny pill, and I've been climbing stairs thinking, "Wow, my muscles feel so sluggish. Am I coming down with something?" before realizing what I forgot, but I really feel like I was on the rational end of all of this (as such things go). I was able to go to the doctor and say, "Here are the crazy reactions I'm having to things at work. It's not normal. Please help." But I really think that the one co-worker who came into my office and listened to me and then related their own misery was HUGE in terms of kicking me into a constructive frame of mind. I'll never be grateful that that person was miserable, but I'm profoundly grateful that their misery helped change my perspective.