Is Depression the Reason You Can't Work Full-Time?

June 19, 2019 Mahevash Shaikh

I can't work full time, but I do work. Here’s the thing: I am an entrepreneur for the usual reasons, like passion and flexibility. But I am also an entrepreneur because I struggle to hold down a full-time job. Yes, you read that right. I am an entrepreneur because I cannot work full-time. And the reason I cannot work full-time is that I have major depression. Let me explain.

Reasons I Can't Work Full-Time

Working in an office, although relatively stable, comes with its fair share of cons. One has to be on talking terms with their colleagues and seniors, which means they have to interact with them on a regular basis. Then, one has to work in a rigid, structured way, which basically boils down to eight to nine hours of work. Worse, all of this is done while sitting in the same place, usually in front of a computer screen. Add to that unpleasant coworkers, micromanaging bosses, lack of privacy, and the pressure of constant productivity, and you end up with a daily ordeal -- and the reasons why I can't work full-time.

Working conditions that include nine to five work can be exhausting to deal with even for “normal” people. Can you imagine the kind of damage they inflict on someone with a debilitating mental illness like depression?

I Can't Work Full-Time But I Can Work as an Entrepreneur

On the other hand, as a solo entrepreneur, my work life is a whole lot better. First off, I do not have to put up with the mental strain of forcing myself to interact with other people. Being an introvert, not being compelled to socialize helps me breathe easy.

Then, I can plan my schedule for the day in a way that does not intensify my depression. For example, I can take as many mini breaks as I need without feeling like I am being watched by a superior. If need be, I can even take a long lunch without having to answer to anyone. The best part is, I get to decide how many hours I will work every day. On bad days, I can leave work early or on time, whereas on good or better days, I can make up for the lost time by working overtime. Even though I can't work full-time, I still work full-time.

Entrepreneurship ensures that I can manage my depression the best way I know how.

While I would love to be able to work full-time for the security and financial benefits, entrepreneurship isn’t such a bad deal. Even though it involves a lot more work, it’s what I need to do to take care of my mental health.

APA Reference
Shaikh, M. (2019, June 19). Is Depression the Reason You Can't Work Full-Time? , HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 15 from

Author: Mahevash Shaikh

Mahevash Shaikh is a millennial blogger, author, and poet who writes about mental health, culture, and society. She lives to question convention and redefine normal. You can find her at her blog and on Instagram and Facebook.

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