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cognitkale

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I have been given a diagnosis of schizoaffective but i think it's schizophrenia.
Anyway, what is your profession? Did you become that before getting schizophrenia or after?

Do you think you would be able to function at work without meds?
 
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Lab rat

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Up until the virus, I was an engineering manager. I prefer lab technician work (hence the name) I can’t work at the moment because of sz relapse, but as soon as this passes,! I’m back to work.
 
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I have been given a diagnosis of schizoaffective but i think it's schizophrenia.
Anyway, what is your profession? Did you become that before getting schizophrenia or after?

Do you think you would be able to function at work without meds?
i havent worked since i was 20 and that was as a security guard, im 43 now. i wouldnt be able to hold down a job because of stressful headwrecking schziophneria symptoms
 
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Lab rat

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There is a lot of pressure for us to work and contribute. Some of us can and do, some of us can’t. And that’s fine, but having to jump through hoops when you’re ill is just plain wrong. I’m in a similar situation to another post I read, my partner has been furloughed and I can’t get universal credit because of her 80% of minimum wage pittance. It won’t even pay the rent. Don’t know what I’m going to do
 
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Classified... I could tell you but you don't have clearance.
Oh...... Wait....... Damn I think I may be having a delusion of grandure.
 
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I was a landscaper before I got ill. I then worked in an office as a data analyst, which I have just recently quit due to work stress and anxiety, and for the moment I am trying out landscaping again.

I also have an application in place to train as a mental health nurse, which I hope to start in September

Very uncertain times, and this virus has not helped me at all - like many others
 
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I was an electrical/mechanical technician specialist at an IBM microelectronics plant. I did troubleshooting and repair in equipement maintenance. I was quite good and happy with it until I got ill and my job ended. Now I haven't worked for 16 years but i now volunteer at a charity.
 
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I am a professional student! :redface::rolleyes:
I used to employed in a pathology laboratory doing medical reporting, but since I became ill with schizophrenia in 2006 (diagnosed in 2009), I haven't worked in eleven years. Hasn't kept me down however, as I have studied a certificate in mental health peer work, community services, counselling and now I am doing a diploma of youth work. Hopefully in the Semester 2 of 2021 I can enrol in University to do a Human Services degree. Fingers crossed!
 
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After this virus is over, I plan to do more recovery college courses and hopefully become a peer support worker. I hope I'm better by then.

I've started a new treatment/medication and hope it'll help.
 
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I tried having a job. It was the only job I ever had. Where I live, they told me it wasn't even considered a real job because it was more of a place to help people start out working (I'm not really sure how to explain it since the rules seem to be different everywhere). But it was this place where people either helped fix furniture or organize donated clothing to be sold in the small store they had there. So I worked with the donated clothes and sewing area. I guess it kind of taught me how to be a little independent, but I ended up quitting after two weeks because I ended up in the hospital again. At the time they believed I had Schizophrenia, but now I'm being told I don't have it.

Right now I'm not doing anything. I don't even have plans when it comes to education, and all of this worries me.
 
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I was a projects testing analyst for a large bank. But got made redundant 3 years before i retired. But I’d been ill for a few years before that. I’m glad I’m on the pension now as i dont know how id have managed financially if I’d been furloughed
 
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I am a software engineer for the NHS. I started work again in late 2018 after leaving my previous job in 2011. I found a way back.
 
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I am a software engineer for the NHS. I started work again in late 2018 after leaving my previous job in 2011. I found a way back.
All of this supports the saying that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. We are as wide and varied as any social group. I have to admit, when you said you worked for the nhs, my mind jumped to “nurse” shows what I know! Glad to meet a fellow engineer though 😊
 
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I was interested in software engineering at one point. The competition for I.T jobs put me off though and I went down the chem route instead. What drew you to software engineering, and how did you succeed and find work?
 
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