This story touches on some of the health problems in IT. While it might seem to focus on the effects of shift work, I think it's a lot more widespread.
Simply put, I.T. is the new sweatshop. Ask yourself, when all is said and done, were you happier before you started working in I.T.?
Looking back, I know I was. In the end, the extra hours, the nights and weekends lost and unappreciated, dealing with the STUPIDITY
So, Were YOU happier before you worked in I.T.?
[_] Hell, yes!
[_] There was a life before?
[_] What is this "life" you speak of?
[_] What is this "happiness" you speak of?
[_] Sorry, I haven't got time to reply - it's eternal crunch time here.
[_] In Soviet I.T., work IS life!
[_] Thanks for reminding me that I have no life, you insensitive b*tch!
[_] I'm going to continue to "tough it out" even if most days I want to slit my wrists!
[_] Help, I'm trapped in a code factory!
[_] I don't know how to do anything else any more, so I'm gritting my teeth and bearing it.
[_] I'm trapped - I can't afford to even try to do something else.
There is life after I.T. For the first time in decades, I have a decent tan, and I've been able to see relatives I haven't seen in 2 decades except at weddings and funerals. Looking back, I'd rather be broke than go back to a job as a dev. My resume now states clearly at the top "Not interested in any development job." Any code I write from now on will either be to "scratch an itch" or because someone is willing to pay enough to make it very interesting, and also to adhere to a proper methodology and schedule. And we all know that in this industry, in this economic environment, that second option just doesn't happen. Not that I care any more