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jb5784

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I have Bipolar I. I’ve had three maniac episodes that lasted from one to two years starting at age 25. I used to work in the tech industry and did well in sales. Ran my family’s real estate business for four years too and made a lot of money.

I had a serious hospitalization in 2017 and since then I’ve been retired at the age 39. I really want to work or go to grad school but my healthcare providers say I can’t handle the stress. I’m so bored! I’m financially stable so that’s not an issue and I have access to the best healthcare.

I feel so lost. I guess I could take up hobbies but I really want to work. I’m very depressed. I know some people may not be able to relate to me because I have resources but I’m really struggling. I just want to feel like I have a purpose or be passionate about something. My family expects me to be sick forever and do nothing.

Maybe I should just give up and resign to a life of being bored. I feel like I don’t have a choice.
 
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Hey
I can totally relate to your experiences. I've had a lot of trouble with career/ jobs. I go high and feel I can take on any job and then low and can't cope with it. I always obsess too about what jobs I'd like to do and it just wrecks my head really. I have no solution except to try stay on track and hope eventually things will come right.
Anyway just wanted to say I relate..
Murf
 
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Maybe you can do some work that is not stressful. Seems like staying without work makes your depression worse.
Idk, maybe you would like things as painting, writing.. ? Start something, a hobby you like. Than see if you can earn something from it.
 
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I think I know how you may feel. I've had a lot of psychotic episodes and have been on disability since I was about 46 years old. It makes me feel like less of a "citizen" or something because I feel like I don't contribute to society. But in the end, I suppose it's probably better for me and everyone else around me if I stay "out of the kitchen" so to speak. I tried once to ease my way back into work after going on disability. It was a pretty simple job as a kind of usher for a local sports stadium but that ended with another psychotic episode as well as some other health problems. And I still had trouble doing the job competently. I basically suck at just about everything.
 
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I think the solution is for is to find something unconventional to do like art or writing. We might have a accept that we’ll never have regular 9-to-5 jobs and that’s okay. We can still find meaningful work in another way.
 
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Have you thought about doing volunter work for a few hours a week, to see how you manage with the stress of doing that?

I think the ideas of writing, art etc are good options too
 
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My family expects me to be sick forever and do nothing.
Well and mine are the same.

It is good to like to work. But I think that when we have simular diagnosis we need to take some work in nature. At fresh air. Something like free journalists or writers. Selling flowers. All That are my favourite jobs too.
 
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You can do free university online
 
jb5784

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I found out yesterday I’m going to impatient treatment. After I get out, I’ll feel better about a career. I appreciate everyone’s support! You guys are the best :D
 
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I have Bipolar I. I’ve had three maniac episodes that lasted from one to two years starting at age 25. I used to work in the tech industry and did well in sales. Ran my family’s real estate business for four years too and made a lot of money.

I had a serious hospitalization in 2017 and since then I’ve been retired at the age 39. I really want to work or go to grad school but my healthcare providers say I can’t handle the stress. I’m so bored! I’m financially stable so that’s not an issue and I have access to the best healthcare.

I feel so lost. I guess I could take up hobbies but I really want to work. I’m very depressed. I know some people may not be able to relate to me because I have resources but I’m really struggling. I just want to feel like I have a purpose or be passionate about something. My family expects me to be sick forever and do nothing.

Maybe I should just give up and resign to a life of being bored. I feel like I don’t have a choice.
I know what you are feeling. I also need to have some motivation. I dont work because I lost my job and I really feel i need to do something.

I really dont know your situation, but I completed a masters degree in the USA while dealing with depression and anxiety. I did the master on full time
Perhaps you can take less courses in the semester so you dont get stressed.

I love languages also, perhaps learning a new language will be motivating????
Cooking classes?? There are some in which you travel overseas to learn new cooking techniques or learn about wines.






Decide
 
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Interesting because the mental health community no longer defines recovery as the absence of symptoms but as living the life you want despite them. And occupation(al) is one of the 8 dimensions of wellness. I understand how you feel. I hope your supports can too. There has to be some type of employment that won't have a negative impact on your mental health.
 
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if its work without stress , then its advisable to start with volunteering , in a sector that interests you, you will be meeting liked minded people , most of the problem ,of not working is you are shut off from people ,and it exacerbates boredom , and symptoms of hopelessness & worthlessness .
i know i have been off work 2 weeks , boredom makes you go insane.
 
jb5784

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Brain Tew's a good one!
That's exactly what I have decided to do. I will also be volunteering to raise awareness and funds for mental healthcare. I started blogging too. Thanks for all of the wonderful suggestions, everyone!!!!
 
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