Bipolar disorder and work

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Hi, I've been having a hard time at work lately and I'm afraid I'm going to get fired. I had to take off work a few days recently because I was having a depressive episode and my boss was really not happy about it. Has anyone else been through this? I don't really know what to do

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Bipolar disorder and work

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Hello @magicpamela‍, thank you for opening this discussion. I'm sorry to hear you've been having trouble at work. Let me tag some other members who can possibly share with you.

Hi everyone, how are you today? For those of you who currently or used to work, has your bipolar disorder ever had an impact on your work? Have you told your employer or colleagues about it? Do you have any tips balancing bipolar disorder and a career?
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Feel free to share any advice or experiences with us here! Your advice and support is so important! emoticon cute

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Courtney

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Hi all, I am @brando13. I am currently working as a Cashier/Barista in a coffee shop in my hometown. I have lost jobs because my bipolar disorder was so out of control, and I wasn't medicated right for years. Now I feel stable. I do my best daily to keep up with things that are important to me in life. Work is a very important and therapeutic part of it. I work closely with a group of mental health professionals in a company called Valley Oaks and the name of the group who handles my case is known as The ACT Team. ACT is an acronym and stands for Assertive Community Treatment and they have been with me for half my life. I was 18 when I was sent to the program. I have a case manager I see weekly, a therapist, and a team of nurses, and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. So far I have been out of the hospital for over 3 years and have been very stable. I would say without work I would feel like I had no purpose. My hope is that what I shared can help others on here...thanks for letting me share.

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I have struggled with work a lot these past two years. Still trying to find the right combination of meds and therapy. My boss is really understanding but I was a bartender which doesn't work for me because of the manic.. I think I can drink like everyone else does which leads me to a major depression. I quit now. Had my first inpatient care and not only was I embarrassed I can't get out of my depression. 3 weeks now. :(.

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@brando13 Hello brando13, thanks for sharing. That's great that you've gotten the help and support you need and you're doing so well! Thanks for sharing about your ACT team, that may be a helpful resource for some of us looking for some support. emoticon cute

@KJSprite‍, thank you for sharing as well. I'm sorry you're having a hard time, it can really take some time to find the right balance of therapy and medication. You'll get there, don't give up! 

Can anyone share with KJSprite what helps you get through your depresssive episodes?  Or share a bit about how you balance your bipolar disorder and your career?
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Take care,
Courtney

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Hello, i have struggled with keeping a job my whole life. Mostly because of absences. I don’t always feel like I could work and I haven’t worked in over a year now. I think I’m ready to go back. I lost my last job over absences as well as many others. I just dint feel like I can function in society sometimes. Its hard for me to get out of my house for the most part. I like being home too much. Its my comfort zone. Anyway, i had an interview for a job a few days ago and i should find out soon if i got it. Im crossing my fingers i get it. It will get me out of the house a little bit. Im a bit nervous but I’m just going to try. Baby steps. Thats all you could do.

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I held quite a few good jobs, and then husband fell I'll and died and itsvbeen 6 years and I can't imagine going to work. But for over 30 years I did it and did it well.

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Hello:

I've been on disability for over 13 years now because of my bipolar illness and other factors in my life. I'm to the point where my meds work and then stop working so they are changed. I talk to my therapist once a week and that is the one constantly good thing going on in my life right now. I recently had an unexpected death in the family and any and all progress I have made feels as if I have been set back to zero. I know I am blabbing on not talking in a more coherent manner, but this is what the power, for some, this illness can have on a person. I begin to feel worthless every day that I am going to continue this pattern and never give back to or go back into, society. I guess the whole reason I am writing today is just to get some of my thoughts out there, on "paper"  and see if anyone else feels the same way about bipolar being a beast of mental illness. That's all I have right now. Thank you for taking the time to read the babble of words. Not even sure if it is on topic. 

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