Ah-ha! The fact that you’re reading this means you know what I’m talking about. Let’s face it, every single one of us has experienced some anxiety over our jobs, past and present. Virtually no job is perfect but we live with it because having shelter and eating are on top of our priority list. But at some point, a job can become a nightmare on repeat. This is a clear sign you need to change jobs before you lose your sanity. Here’s what I mean.

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1 . You dread waking up

Sorry, but hitting your snooze button 7 times isn’t going to make your job go away.  So you drag yourself out of bed whimpering like an abandoned puppy.  You force yourself to walk into the abyss that is your workplace. It’s masochistic almost.

Children's Services Case Manager Andrea Russell works at the Children's Services Central Intake call center in October 2012.

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2. When employees start disappearing one-by-one

As we’re heading into a recession, this shouldn’t be a surprise.  But when you notice that your team of coworkers is thinning out, you’re left wondering if you’ll be the next one on the chopping block or did they quit because they can’t stand being there anymore? Of course, your boss or supervisor won’t tell you why they’re gone. Now the stress builds.

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3. Your superiors are pressuring you way too much

You know what I’m talking about... the manager you thought was cool, the supervisor who was so chill, suddenly becomes a tyrant. They want more from you and they want it faster... and you better not screw up because that will only make them a bigger thorn in your side. And what’s the incentive? There is none - you get to keep your crappy job.

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4. There's a shroud of secrecy

You get the eerie feeling something is about to go down but you just can’t pinpoint it. When you come in to work and people suddenly turn and look at you like they've been caught red handed in the cookie jar... they know something you don’t.  This is especially evident if your workplace is about to be or has been bought over or there are massive changes. Now the tiny hairs on your body stand up. And of course, this leads to work gossip and grey hair.

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5. You don't get a raise or a promotion

You’ve been a loyal worker for years and yet your pay has only gone up in the tiniest of increments at best. Even if your duties are still the same when you first started, you notice your wallet is emptying out faster now than ever before. That’s because your expenses have risen but not your pay. To add insult to injury, you see others getting a promotion when you know they don’t deserve it! I guess it pays to be the boss’s lapdog.

6. You’re miserable

By now, you’re probably a shell of your once vibrant self. The job is literally sucking the life out of you! If your job is also boring and routine, you can literally feel your brain cells dying one-by-one. So you start daydreaming; pondering life, plotting your escape from this place, thinking of what jobs to look for, wanting the weekend to come immediately, etc. Now that your brain is somewhere else, you start making silly mistakes. And this only gets your manager on your case - again.

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7. You’re working with the odd bunch

Everyone has a few stories to tell, having worked with some insanely weird characters... the prying, nosey one who wants to know every single detail in your life, the odd silent type you suspect is a serial killer by night, the diva who thinks she’s all that with her fake claw nails and drawn-on eyebrows, the player who flirts with all the female coworkers, the touchy-feely, bordering harassment, dirty old guy - the list goes on and on.  Even worse, the ones you thought were your friends suddenly become backstabbers and talk smack behind your back. But you never did anything wrong to them. WTH?!

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8. You’re not concerned about being on time anymore

When you first started your job, you were keen on coming in a few minutes early before starting work, and going on and returning from your breaks on time. Now you just couldn’t care less. If you’ve gotten warnings and the threat of being fired looms over your head, you still don’t care...even if your job is paying off your debts.... still not caring.

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9. You constantly complain to your friends about your job

Remember when you were with your friends, you were so relaxed, happy, laughing, talking about where to go and what to do? It was good times.  Now, all you do is whine and bitch about how frustrated you are with work.  You’ve become a killjoy.

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10. You miraculously spring to life when your shift is over

After a day of moping and having suicidal thoughts, you're amazingly exhilarated and flee like a bat out of hell when it’s time to punch out and you won’t hesitate to knock over anyone who gets in your way to the door. Hallelujah!

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