When Your Employment is Affected by Your Mental Illness:Can You Work?

It may be more difficult than you think. For a lot of people in the throes of moderate to severe mental illness, it may be hard to keep a job.

Issues such as anxiety and depression make it difficult to maintain a good attendance rate, along with other key components of having a job.” More than a third of homeless people have a serious mental illness”(www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/when-your-adult-child-breaks-your-heart/201512/untreated-mental-illness). It is hard to support yourself when your illness has reached this severity.

In ealy 2017, I was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

A few years before, I had been diagnosed with bipolar and PTSD. I was experiencing psychotic symptoms such as having delusions and hallucinations, as well as depression. After being prescribed a combination of an anti-depressant and anti-psychotic medications, I begun to feel better. However, my symptoms took a turn for the worst in 2017, and my mental illness became more difficult to treat.

The most important aspect of my life that it affected was my ability to keep a job.

My depressive symptoms became very severe, so a lot of times, it was hard to even get out of bed. My house was always messy. And it seemed like there was nothing I could do about it.

I would work each job a had for a few days or a few weeks at a time and ended up having 20 jobs that year. I didn’t have a stable income and that was causing a lot of problems. So I applied for SSI.

SSI is a program that supplies an income while you recover from a severe illness or other disabling condition. And most mental disorders fall under these conditions, provided it’s severe enough.

Before I became diagnosed with schizophrenia, I had worked a full time job for two years. When does your disorder become severe enough to warrant applying for disability?

Usually, if you can not hold a stable job and your income is affected to the point of not being able to support your self. While you should work when possible, if this is happening, you should take steps to apply when your wellbeing is at risk.

While you are on it, you are able to work part-time. This means you would have the opportunity to test your ability to have a job before you decide to get off the program,if you are able to do so at the time.

Mental illness does not prevent you from working most of the time. But when it’s severe enough that the symptoms are causing financial hardship, you may consider applying for SSI.

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