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Tuesday, April 21, 2009, Benny Thomas





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Bangalore: Married a year ago, Kumar and his wife Savita are techies working with leading software firms in Bangalore. Last month, Savita lost her job after her company decided to lay off employees due to the financial meltdown. The couple have now decided not to have children in the near future, fearing that they may not be able to sustain their family with only Kumar's income.


There are also many personal sacrifices that the techies are making these days due to the fear of losing their job. "Postponement of marriage and pregnancy, which were already familiar with techies, has increased due to job loss. There are many people who are also aborting their child because of this fear", said Dr. Krishna, a Psychiatrist in Bangalore.

The current layoffs in the IT sector led to higher level of mental depression and anxiety among the techies. Now there are many who take similar decisions. "They cannot digest the news that they have lost their precious jobs, hence they are into depression and other problems follow", said Dr. Krishna.

Sometimes, job loss acts as a catalyst in raising the depression level that a person may already be facing. Illustrating this, Dr. Hebbar of Apollo Hospitals says, "The patients who come to me are not directly affected by job loss. They may be in depression because of some other reason like death of a loved one, or love failure. During such situations job loss makes them more depressed." According to Hebbar, the family and friends of the person who has lost the job may also get into depression. A techie who lost his job recently said, "I am feeling worthless and distressed, but I am trying to come out of this feeling."

Dr. Devakumar, a counselor in Bangalore says, "Some techies have started looking away from the technology field to sustain their life. Many patients have come to me very depressed, after they were thrown out of highly paid jobs. They now want to join any job, anywhere no matter what salary they are offered."

The numbers are escalating everyday and until the financial situation improves, this problem seems to persist. Dr. Krishna says, "The number of cases being reported has gone up drastically, it might have doubled or tripled over the past year, thanks to recession."

The time during the job loss can be used in doing something productive that can be useful in the future rather than taking some wrong decisions. "This temporary gap in their career can be used to upgrade their knowledge, by studying new things, thereby helping them to come out of depression", says Dr. Hebbar.

Accepting the current situation as part of one's life can also bring in some respite is what Dr. Krishna explains, "They should be able to accept failure as part of life and career should not be seen as a very serious issue." According to Dr. Devakumar, during the time of crisis, a person should wait patiently and take care of himself.






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