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12/23/2009 07:54 PM

Jobs for bipolar people

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I'm 56 & have never fit in anywhere. I was on lithium

in my 20's but mainly on anti-d since. Recent psych

said yes, I am bipolar & I'm on meds for it.

I'm wondering what jobs are good for BP? Maybe there's a spectrum from janitors to doctors? Or maybe there's a better place to work than some. I have job hopped for years, about 40 jobs, ranging from 1 day to 8 yrs. I am currently working in a Call Center and am absolutely miserable. I hate being listened to, graded, yelled at, having to talk to people from India. It is a medical claim call center & people get really PO'd when their claims aren't paid. I don't blame them but I don't deserve to be sworn at. I am a total loner there. We all start at different times, get off at different times, and have breaks at different times. I just walk on my breaks because I feel like I'm going to scream if I take any more calls

No,I can't quit because we need the money. The town

we live in doesn't have many jobs & this pays more than many jobs in do. Husb is having a knee replacement in Feb so I need to stay there until at least then because I have a lot of vacation built up & have a week off to help him when he gets home.

Anyway, if someone has any knowledge of what type of

situations we are best in, I would like to hear. I

know I can't take too much stress & my whole day now

is stress from the moment I get there. I am very

intelligent but do not have a college degree. The job I had the longest was as a proof reader of medical charts but that was long ago, in the 70s, and now it's all coding & high tech. I did complete a 15 mo course in med transcription but I was not fast enough & earned very little. Also, many of the drs

dictation was hard to understand even though I am very good at medical terminology.

Thanks for listening.

Post edited by: Dorie53, at: 12/23/2009 08:01 PM


12/24/2009 03:18 PM
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You can work any job when you are bipolar....

12/24/2009 03:25 PM
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I think that it's not so much the job title as the job environment that works with bipolar. Most of us bipolar people do not do well with consistently high stress jobs, but some people thrive on stress.

I think that it is very individual and depends mostly on your aptitudes and skills. They also say that set daytime schedules work better for bipolar people, but some people here work varied schedules and seem to manage.

12/24/2009 03:31 PM

Welcome Dorie53. I agree that someone with BiPolar shouldn't limit their career goals, but for me "bad" stress isn't good for me and can trigger a BiPolar episode. However, my career isn't without stress (I'm an Inspector with the Government). But usually I have control over what I do each day and that helps me keep my stress levels down. I also can't be stuck in an office all day, but for others who have BiPolar this is perfect.

If you're not happy in your work take steps to make changes. I know you may not be able to change it tomorrow, but just taking steps to make a change can reduce the feeling of a victim of your circumstance. Beth

12/24/2009 04:24 PM
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Hi Dorie53 - I am a Special Education Teacher and I work with Autistic students ages 6 - 10. It is the most rewarding job I have ever had. It comes with stress when paperwork is due and parents become problems but I remember always that the point of my job is my students. Their success is my success and no matter how tiny it might be to others it is HUGE in my eyes. Don't get me wrong there either, I come home stressed and I have to remember to keep it real and keep it at work. Work is the one place that I can really shine. Then again it is also me calling the shots in my classroom too. People with bipolar can do whatever they set their mind to, we just need to put into place limits and safety features to allow for us to be safe on the job.

12/26/2009 07:23 PM
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Thanks everyone for responding. I'm still not sure what to do with

myself but I appreciate your answers. I have been a job hopper &

am afraid to leave this one I hate to go from the frying pan to the fire. I seem to always get myself in bad situations, excited about

getting the job but soon finding it's not for me, I don't fit in, etc.

I was fired from my last two jobs before this and about six times in

my work life. I've always wanted to open a toy dog motel but husb

does not agree with this. Guess I'll have to read other posts and see

how people deal with things. I don't really know how to cope with life, never learned that skill.

12/26/2009 09:20 PM
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hey dorie, if it makes you feel any better, every job i get, i dont feel like i fit in, i think people talk about me, or i hate it...

the one job that i liked working at was an activities assistant at a nursing home. i seen the problems those people had and it made me feel better about myself and i could help them . the bad thing was the death of people you become close to though..

12/27/2009 04:52 AM

Dorie I just got fired from a job like that. Those kinds of jobs are very stressful for people with bipolar. The least stressed out I was was working as a cost accountant for a small company or working in a data entry job as a temp for a bank. I need autonomy over my work. You sound like you need a little freedom too the managers at the call centers are just so eager on power trips to let people go especially people with disabilities. I know I tried to get accomodations.

12/27/2009 10:39 AM
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Dorie, I was fired from my job in August. I think the bipolar (I am bipolar I) was a huge contributor to the drama that I always seemed to create. Apparently they had had enough. I was fired for insubordination. I worked as a Doc Specialist with a medium sized company working directly with engineers. Engineers stress me out to NO end. I was there 5 years and not recognized for anything. I hated going to work there every day. I am terrified to go back "out there" for fear of a repeat. It always seems to happen. I decided, although we can't really afford it, but I went back to school. It is an online college. (I have an associate degree already that was never used) I am working towards my bachelor's degree in human services. I am learning that I don't think I can handle the emotional rollercoaster that will accompany although I revel at the thought of helping others. I really want my Psych degree. I would love to work with the medical/chemical aspects of mental illness. I need to talk to my enrollment/academic advisor again.

I feel your frustration and trust me, I haven't taken an easy route either. I just am not stable enough to function "out there" and the economy has taken so many jobs away. That alone is severely stressful.

I have to admit that I envy those that seem to have climbed the career success ladder with this disorder while I am 39 and still struggling. Hang in there, you are not alone.

06/29/2012 08:34 PM
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I too am Bipolar, I couldn't work for many years but was suddenly placed in a position where I didn't have a choice when I was out on my own. My first job at 40 was in a call center. I was excited at first just to have a job but like you, I couldn't handle and still can't handle very much stress. I had some trauma as a child that causes me to breakdown in too much stress. I feel your pain in having to stay with a job that you hate and a call center is one of the hardest jobs you can find. I have recently gone to CNA school and even that caused me to become manic while trying to go to school and work full time. I had no choice but I lost my job and caused all kinds of problems in my life at the time. I have made it through and lived to tell about it being a much stronger person and now recently got a job driving an hour each way for a wonderful job as a CNA-Certified nursing assistant. It's not the easiest work but easier than most, especially home health is the best. Home health is in high demand, you should look into it. I love it! I wish you the best and keep your head up. Things happen for a reason, I beleive.

Take care


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