Disabled or not?

MissesGange

MissesGange

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Fl, USA
#1
Helo community.
I currently recieve Disability benefits because of my mental health. Im much better than wgen I first started recieving it and have even worked a fee jobs even on days I wasnt well because my husband was unemployed.

I have a big interview for a great office career this week. Great money. Will further lift my son, husband and I from low income status. But I am scared. What if I am not ready? What if my psycosis or dissociation kicks in when I have meetings? What if I am mean to be cared for especially now that I feel myself slipping each day? Im better but worse in many ways.

I guess Im confused looking for outside outlooks.

Thank you guys. Stay safe 💕
 
burt tomato

burt tomato

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I think you can do it. It sounds like a great opportunity.

There is an amount of flex with office work. You are allowed bad days, and I would say it is more relaxed than people facing jobs. It is okay to switch off now and then.

You just have to believe in yourself, and you will be fine.

If it does not work out for any reason, then cross that bridge when it comes to it, try not get anxious about that now.

I wish you best of luck.
 
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Izera

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Your location as stated is in the US. You are disabled in the eyes of employment law. You need to tell them that you are disabled (you don't have to say how) and what sort of accommodations you will need. Reasonable accommodations could include breaks from work as needed (obviously don't abuse it), increased manager feedback, your desk be in a location that lowers your stress level (i.e. away from people as much as possible), time off for medical appointments (VERY VERY important to tell them). Google "work accommodations for <insert name of particular illness here>". When I did that for bipolar disorder, I got websites designed to cater to employers/HR with a wealth of reasonable accommodation suggestions.

Depending on your requested accommodations, they may want paperwork from your doctor. That's easy enough, your doctor shouldn't have an issue. I even had an office staff member tell me that my doctor wouldn't do FMLA paperwork, but when I spoke with the doctor directly, he said that they didn't do government disability paperwork, employer paperwork was fine. Do make an appointment to fill out the paperwork together as any illness is never cookie cutter. Both times I've been on FMLA (once for bipolar disorder and once for something else), the doctor was happy that I was there and saying what I as an individual needed.
 
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Pixieb34

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Don't worry- I think because of discrimination laws they'd have to make allowances for if you get ill and need to take a break, so don't worry. Sounds like you're doing really well, you should be proud of yourself X