I am a 30yo woman in Australia and I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder type 2 about
6 years ago. I was injured at work 18 months ago and ended up loosing my job last August. Looking back I think it may have been the best thing that could have happened for me mentally as it was a very Negative enviroment. It was only after attending counseling to deal with the feeling of being thrown on the rubbish heap and a return to work course that I was introduced to the concept of toxic people. My counselor was trying to help me identify a recent extremely uneasy and "not right" feeling, you know the sort we Bp's get when all is not ticking right
. She has also taught me how to say NO.
So I had words with my insurance company case manager and told him that unless he really needed to discuss something urgently with me he was to go through my rehab counsleor like he's SUPPOSED to, not bother me with stupid things. Sadly I also had to distance myself from a person I had been freinds with who never seems to have one even slightly positive thing to say. It came to a head 2 weeks ago when I got through to the second stage of interveiws for a job as a research Scientist and assistant to an orthopedic surgeon. It pays 30 dollars an hour and its 3 days per week which is perfect for me as it suits both my work restrictions and my brain needing to be occupied LOL.
I was so excited and this person said " Oh do you think you can handle it with your head problem? What if they find out?*
I was stunned and hurt, but realised it was just another such negative comment from this person. My bipolar has never adversely affected my working life bar 2 short periods in 6 years. Right then and there something snapped. ironically I have felt so much better scince making these two changes. By the way I am through to the last round of interveiws for this job and am so proud of myself.
I'd like to get to know other BP people here and join in on the forum as a member and part of this community