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DanColl22

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I’ve been hospitalised 7 times, and the psychiatrist and CPN are convinced I had psychosis and now schizoaffective disorder, and I am on clopixol (antipsychotic) and depakote (mood stabiliser), but have gone 2 1/2 years without medication before working fine. I feel I am just me, but if they are willing to pay me benefits £990 a month with PIP and universal credit, I am willing to take that

interested to discuss what people feel they have wrong with them, if anything
 
Tawny

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I am not as ill as my first couple of years with bipolar disorder, although have had severe episodes since, but as i knew what to do, they didn't become a crisis. I went to the GP and got the tablets, took them, got better. I rarely stop my tablets now.

The problem with work is that a full time job may cause a relapse. I have heard also people asy that they can work but if they work, they cannot keep on top of cleaning, washing, healthy eating, socialising. It seems to be one or the other.

This makes sense to me because i takes all of my time to do the basics, and even then i get behind and need help. I don't know if this is medication or illness or both. Maybe even it is stamina.

I used to work and it was so hard sometimes. I then tried to work whilst in milder episodes and mild is still very difficult isn't it. I used to cry driving to work when depressed and the day was hard so i feel satisified that i have tried.

i still often get anxious about losing benefits, thinking they will think i am too well, maybe i am, maybe i should be working and so on my mind goes. I am firm with myself now, that i could do some work some of the time, but the work system is not set up that way. It is all or nothing when it comes to work and benefits, so i opt for nothing.

I have hobbies, i make things and sell them. I try to volunteer whenever i can. I help family.

It is sad. I would love to be earning the money i used to but i cannot see it happening any time soon.
 
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I meant to say, on the NHS website it says to avoid stress including work stress and that some people should not work. I cannot remember the specifics but it says something along the lines of working can cause a relapse so it is ok if you cannot work. Stress causes relapse. Poor sleep, not taking care of yourself, all can cause a relapse
 
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For 2 years shrinks told me I had delusional disorder and couldn't be discharged from the psych hospital without being on anti-psychotics. I refused the drugs and finally they let me go after 2 years. I never took any anti psychotics and I've been working for 24 years.
 
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rawlinsc

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The problem with work is that a full time job may cause a relapse. I have heard also people asy that they can work but if they work, they cannot keep on top of cleaning, washing, healthy eating, socialising. It seems to be one or the other.
I worry about this. I worry when I become a full time teacher how will I have time for other things. Right now I am a substitute teacher and a tutor.
 
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