depression/ bipolar,not being able to work, how I see myself

cutepen Community Member March 29, 2008
  •  I am a 48 yr old person living with depression/bipolar for over 30 yrs. I come from a very abusive family which is another subject. Right now I actually have been feeling good. I have volunteered in a hospital for over a yr & also led a writers group for 2 1/2 yrs. But because I am not able to work like 'normal' people or drive a car I feel bad about myself. I don't really feel like I could actually work. I would like to get some input from others here that because of their depression/ bipolar that can't work & how they feel about themselves.

      I realize that I am doing some very productive things right now but there is that 'I SHOULD be doing ........' I have been in therapy for a long time. I wish I could concentrate on what my abilities are rather than what I can't do but it is difficult for me.

1 Comments
  • Eric
    Mar. 29, 2008

    It is easy to become hung up on what we cannot do verses what we can. I think the idea of volunteering is wonderful and I would suggest since you are involved with writing to see where that takes you. You might also want to think about going back to college or taking some on-line courses. Just the mere fact that you are willing to offer your time for free...

    RHMLucky777

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    It is easy to become hung up on what we cannot do verses what we can. I think the idea of volunteering is wonderful and I would suggest since you are involved with writing to see where that takes you. You might also want to think about going back to college or taking some on-line courses. Just the mere fact that you are willing to offer your time for free to others tells me you are a wonderful person.

     

    For some of you that find it difficult to work a 9 to 5 job, you may want to consider looking at doing something from home. EBay might be a place to start and when you are not feeling well can simply shut it down for a while with the idea you can crank it up at any time.