I do have plenty to say.
I'm 66yo, diagnosed with bp2 2009. Before then I'd had around 80 jobs and 15 professions many in security, warder, dog ranger RAAF, PI, etc.
Recent research I found that endurance suffers with bp2 sufferers. Like you I'd do the work of 2 people when hypo and take sickies when down, until I'd resign.
I'm creative and love variety, an invented and never a sheep, very individual. A poet.
With many med changes, dose changes (mood stabilisers) I realised that I could get a flatening of my moods but never eliminate them. I'd settle for mid range moods. Highly motivated and positive I'd embrace my talents as they are due to my bipolar. Punishing yourself won't help, acceptance does.
- No shift work
- Plenty of sleep
- Better 2-3 part time jobs than one full time long daily stint.
- If sensitive build your fortress
- Avoid high stress jobs. My daughter was a teacher with bp2. Retired ill at 27yo.
- Attend motivation speeches
A few threads I've written to google
Beyondblue topic fortress of survival
Beyondblue topic fortress of survival (workplace)
Beyondblue topic a good night's deep sleep
Beyondblue topic meditation- he helped me for 25 years (watch the links)
Beyondblue topic distraction and variety
Beyondblue topic worry worry worry
Beyondblue topic medication is a whirlpool
Beyondblue topic 30 minutes can change your life
Repost anytime. Eager to see you get through this.