Do I think these issues play a role on our mental status? You betcha! And I thought I was the only one with weight creeping back on. I had worked so hard about 10 years ago to take off about 30 lbs., and I kept most all of it off until after my surgery. In the past year and a half, it's all come back on. All my clothes are tight and I feel lousy. But then I'm not active, hardly working, and doing a lot of emotional eating. I was at least eating healthier before. I think something clicked inside me when the surgery didn't work. It was like that was the one the in the back of my mind that i figured would work if I had to go through it. I was wrong. And then getting laid off was another punch to the gut. So now I feel like I eat and no longer care, and i know that's not good but I feel it's my only comfort.
I'm kind of going off track, I think. I've been thinking a lot about this thread, and your challenges with work. I so wanted to go back into education for another few years. I applied for a job a few months ago at a college, but the position was pulled - probably due to budgetary issues - before they even did interviews. Then I have to ask myself if I really could keep my mind on track enough to teach again, especially full time. Or do administrative work. Or just the reading to keep up and prep classes. Or reading the term papers, etc, etc, etc, I have to wonder just how long it would take me to do any of those tasks when 20 years ago it took working most nights and weekends when I was in good health mentally and physically. Your posts here are a reality check. Sometimes that's needed, maybe to counteract my own magical thinking.
I'm not in any way suggesting what you should do. It's so hard to know. Maybe you just keep going until you can't.