Best Jobs for Bipolars

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red lightening
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   Posted 8/21/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I am looking for a new job...again. I have had over 40 different jobs!
I am BPII mostly depressed.

My question is have any of you BPers found a job that you can stick to or
have you found any sort of job criteria that is helpful for a BP person
looking for a job?

sentientderangement
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   Posted 8/21/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Look for something with low stress and a flexible schedule.

red lightening
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   Posted 8/21/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I agree with the low stress...but I seem to do better when my
schedule is unchanging and I know when I'm going to work instead
of being called in at the last minute to cover some else's shift. That
gets me really screwy.

Here are some low stress jobs I have had:

1. Part-time delivery driver for dental lab
2. Showroom attendant for small flooring company
3. Artist

Here are some high stress jobs I had:

1. Travel Agent
2. Massage Therapist
3. Model

sentientderangement
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   Posted 8/21/2009 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
The only reason I say flexible hours because some people need that with depression, etc. What kind of art did you do? Did you make a good living?

red lightening
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   Posted 8/21/2009 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I sold one painting for 400.00. I worked in oils-abstracts.
I was just getting a toe-hold in the Vegas market when we
had to move back East and I didn't continue...got depressed and
gave away all my paints and brushes. Now I wish I hadn't. Oh
well...I don't have the money to re-purchase now but maybe it's
time for a new medium.

sukay
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   Posted 8/21/2009 11:11 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Red lightening,

I've thought about this for myself as well from time to time.

How about working in a library, a hospital or small office for just filing or data entry work where you didn't have to interact with people?  Maybe a small store where you only stocked shelves and didn't have to interact with people? Maybe a garden or florist shop?  Maybe a small gift shop?

Just throwing some idea's out there.

Good Luck. blush


~sukay~
 Bipolar - 2004
     Crohns disease - 1995 
Arthritis & Fibromyalgia 
 
Leo Buscaglia


sentientderangement
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   Posted 8/22/2009 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
You could try switching to acrylic. It dries quicker, but is water soluble and much cheaper than oils. I am an artists, too, so I know how therapeutic art can be. It would be great to combine some sort of therapy with your job, I would think.

red lightening
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   Posted 8/23/2009 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Great ideas everyone. Sukay, I especially liked the library, small office
or florist idea. Will try some of these. As for the painting...I don't know...
acrylics might be fun but we're kind of strapped for cash and I have to get
a job that pays steady right now. Thanks everyone!

sentientderangement
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   Posted 8/23/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Just thought you wanted to paint, it seemed from your previous post that you really regretted giving that up. As far as other jobs, just check the help wanted pages until you see something you think you could or want to do. Pretty simple really.

concernspouse
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   Posted 10/29/2009 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   
if there is a talent like photography or art work, why not do a lot during the functioning period and live off royalties to cover rainy days? i believe i saw a program on tv where one of the Kennedy's admitted bipolar and said he did a lot of work during his up phase and lie low in his down phase. maybe something like that?
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