I haven't worked in 10 years... I've tried many times to go back, but my health has always fallen out before I've even got back there
I haven't even been on mood stabilisers for one month yet - and ALREADY I feel like want to start to trialling 4 hours a week work.
That is HUGE step forward for me and I don't know whether this is a reasonable expectation on myself long term, so I will just sit with my desire for a little while. I'll spend a few weeks monitoring my mood, energy and cognition before I voice my desire in the real world - or act on it. I'd rather get a realistic take on what my health actually is than get all psyched up, only to have my health collapse on me yet again.
Has anyone else who has not been able to work for a decade, attempted a few hours week when they found the right meds (assuming I've found the right meds)? How did it go for you? Did you find dragging yourself through the inevitable bad days worth it? Did you feel despondent when you had to miss work because of bipolar?
I'd love to hear your "getting back to work" experiences and any tips if you have them. I'd rather benefit from your mistakes than learn from my own