Bear with me, this could be a long one...I'll give you a bit of background first. I work in a part-time position and have a very high sick time use (eg, my rate of sick time used in the last year is 33% of my shifts). I am young (I like to think), have no children and have been happily unmarried to a wonderfully supportive man for nearly 7 years. I have been battling depression and anxiety (for which I recive treatment & counselling) for over a year (when I finally had help to recognize it). Recent events in my personal life have made me less able to cope, and I have trouble functioning at home, let alone at work. My husband has helped me recognize that, indeed, I'm angrier and more bitter about everything and perhaps I need to make some changes. We have been planning a move to our hometown for awhile and are looking forward to doing that in about 5 months. I really look forward to working at my "old" hospital, especially since I have some different experience now. I have been contemplating (even on my clearest days) working at the supermarket until the move, just for a break from the ever-increasing resposibility and demands of my current job. I've done the pros-and-cons-list thing, but there's still something I'm struggling with. Call me crazy, but 'm human, and I DO care what people think of me...so here's my question: Is it prudent of me to resign from my current job and make a switch to something unrelated temproarily? Has anyone done this? I'm anticipating big-time static if I do (eg, my family seeing me as having wasted a university degree--you know how mothers are...or the community seeng me as having abandoned my patients, etc.) I eagerly await your feedback!!