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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 2/8/2010 5:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi again everyone, incase you dont know me, my name is John, I have been getting treatment for bipolar for about 2 weeks now, before that i was getting treated for depression and trouble sleeping. I dont know if this occurs to people with bipolar but does it effect your ability to work? For the past few months I have not enjoyed my job at all and thought to myself what the hell am I doing here? I have also walked out a few times without telling anyone and phoned in sick alot. Its getting to the point now where im going to quit my job or be fired, I just dont want to be there anymore. I'm just wondering has it effected anyone in this way before because alls I want to do is be alone and do nothing as weird as it sounds.
Thanks for reading

red lightening
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 2/8/2010 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I had to take a leave of absence from my job for a month because I got so depressed last summer.

I was unable to go back. Now I have a new Pdoc and meds that are working but I can't
find a new job as the economy is super bad here in Vegas.

Hopefully you'll start feeling better soon and be able to keep your job. Sometimes it takes
a few more weeks for the meds to kick in.

I know how you feel. Maybe you could ask for a leave of absence so you wouldn't lose
your job but you'd have a little time to get better. It's hard to find work though. Just my experience. I hope you feel better soon!

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   Posted 2/8/2010 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi John,

You are not alone here. LOTS of bipolars struggle to work while fighting through mood episodes. People don't understand just how debilitating it can be. I agree with RL -- look into a medical leave of absence, and get your doc to write a note for you.

Good luck!
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"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER

New Member

Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 2/16/2010 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, thanks for the replys, I went back to the docs and he gave me a sick note for a month, I have told my manager and need to take it in but she doesnt understand at all she just talks to me like crap! Thanks for your advice tho guys :)

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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 216
   Posted 2/17/2010 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   

I was off work for 5 months last summer. I wanted to be alone!!!! I could not focus on anything that I was doing. My boss also would treat me like crap when ever I called in she would talk nasty to me and then she started haning up on me when I called. So intern I began to treat her with the same disrespect she gave me. I am not punched in and there is nothing they can do for a sick leave if it is fmla. I fanaly told her that she need to speak to me with respect or I would get a lawyer for discrrimination on a fmla employee. Her crap stopped real quick. Now I have used all my fmla and she started her crap again but I am looking for a new job and may not have to worrie about it anymore I have recived several calls for interviews. Hang in there and if you need to use the discrinination card it worked well for me.


happy bill
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   Posted 2/17/2010 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I have found that for me and my symptons, i need a job with a lot of flexability in the job day. By that i am a full time firefighter and a art time loss prevention dective. Both of these jobs give me a chance to think on my feet, do differnt things each day at work, and generlaly focus my considerable energy into possitive and life affirming challenges.
That said you have to know your rights as an employee because a lot of employeers will try to steamroll you if your not carefull. Whats the old saying, "Fore warned is fore armed" or something to that effect. LOL LOL LOL

Good luck and keep us posted.

Precious Gem
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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 2/18/2010 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I think finding a working environment that well suits you when you have this kind of disorder is very important.  Employers for the most part could give a care about you, as long as you are there everyday.  I missed alot of work last year and I just knew I woud loose my job but my employer was pretty understanding even though they do not know I am bipolar.  All the girls in the office think my problems come from menopause, which does not help, but after being bipolar, the girlie stuff is a drop in the bucket.  I really do know what you mean, I have had days that I would have rather died than been at work I felt so bad.
Good luck and I hope your meds kick in and work great for you.  Have faith.....
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