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Leaving Teaching Because of BiPolar Disorder

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BiPolar Teacher

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Hello,

Does anyone have experience with changing jobs because of bipolar disorder?

Im currently an Elementary School PE teacher and the potential of the chaotic environment can trigger me into a manic episode. I recently yelled at some kids for acting up and threw a cone on the floor. Parents complained and the Principal is writing me up.

Should I ask for the district to accommodate me by giving me a desk job (if that is even realistic)? Or should I try to keep teaching?

Going to be hard to just change careers or take a pay cut because I have a family and my wife only makes $12000 a year.

Anybody familiar with a similar situation?
 
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Hello,

Does anyone have experience with changing jobs because of bipolar disorder?

Im currently an Elementary School PE teacher and the potential of the chaotic environment can trigger me into a manic episode. I recently yelled at some kids for acting up and threw a cone on the floor. Parents complained and the Principal is writing me up.

Should I ask for the district to accommodate me by giving me a desk job (if that is even realistic)? Or should I try to keep teaching?

Going to be hard to just change careers or take a pay cut because I have a family and my wife only makes $12000 a year.

Anybody familiar with a similar situation?
Hey there sorry to hear of your issue. Is this a regular occurrence? If the environment has become toxic there is nothing wrong with a healthy change. Especially if you have been there a while. Change is sometimes healthy. If it's a once off thing and you just got stressed then maybe holding onto the job would be better because you need a job.
 
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