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Business of Schizophrenia: Homelessness and Mental Illness

Business of Schizophrenia: Homelessness and Mental Illness

Schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder doesn’t have to stop you from having a business. Schizophrenic.NYC. founder Michelle Hammer, a native New Yorker, chatted with me about her business and how it helps homeless people with mental illnesses like schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder in New York City.

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Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder in the Workplace

Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder in the Workplace

Many high-functioning people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder have jobs and schizophrenia in the workplace is a real issue. Jobs that they get up and go to and where they work alongside other people. You might work alongside a person with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder and not even know it. Don’t worry, we don’t bite (Are People With Mental Illness More Violent?).

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How To Succeed At Work With Schizophrenia

How To Succeed At Work With Schizophrenia

In that past, I had been unable to work due to my mental and physical issues not being properly being treated.  Working, while living with Schizophrenia, is a great challenge and many are not at the point were having a job is a viable option.  There are those, however, who could work, given a proper environment, good medical treatment and a supportive community.

Employment Barriers When Living with Schizophrenia

From past experiences, I have found the following to be barriers for my employment.

  • Difficulties of finding work with good mental health benefits
  • Work environments with strict attendance and behavioral policies.
  • Certain jobs are stressful and can trigger an episode
  • Co-workers can be non-supportive and hinder people with Schizophrenia
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