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Pros/Cons of Self-Employment While Living with Depression

Pros/Cons of Self-Employment While Living with Depression

Being self-employed presents a number of challenges. If you compound being self-employed with having a mental illness, it can be a very difficult dynamic. However, the dynamic may work better than a traditional employment situation for someone living with depression.

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Things to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Career While Living with Depression

Things to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Career While Living with Depression

Many individuals that live with major depressive disorder decide to pursue a career despite their sometimes debilitating illness. If you are interested in working, you should consider several things regarding your choice in employment. In order to increase the likelihood of success, it is imperative that you choose a job that best suits you and how your depression manifests.

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How to Do Your Job When Depression Affects Your Functioning

How to Do Your Job When Depression Affects Your Functioning

Like many average people that we share the world with, people living with depression have good days and bad days. However, when you have depression, your bad brain day can turn into bad brain days, weeks, months, etc. Depending on the nature of your depression and depressive episodes (frequency, severity and length), it can sometimes feel impossible to manage your life in any area, much less a job. 

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The War on Depression: Are You a Soldier Fit for Duty?

The War on Depression: Are You a Soldier Fit for Duty?

As of June of 2014, there were over 21 million living veterans in the United States according to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. This figure, considering the population of the United States, certainly makes the occupation significant. The dynamics of war, and the soldiers that fight them, have some parallels to the dynamics of living with chronic mental illness while trying to manage a vocation. If you have depression, you have been battling a war of your own and this certainly makes you a soldier. It doesn’t matter what branch you serve in or what the political climate is at the time, there are universal concepts and standard operating procedures for how soldiers should prepare for battle and execute what they have learned in order to get their jobs done. Soldiers fighting the war on depression are not very different.

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More Tips to Help Maintain a Job with Depression

More Tips to Help Maintain a Job with Depression

In the last article, I began sharing the first five tips for how to maintain a job while living with depression. Most of those tips centered around physiological wellness in order to demonstrate peak performance on the job. This article will delve into five additional things you can do that is directly related to the job that will set you up for success in the workplace.

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10 Tips to Maintain Your Job with Depression (pt 1)

10 Tips to Maintain Your Job with Depression (pt 1)

Have you ever experienced the joy of being offered an employment opportunity? We may make the statement, “I got the job!” with a happy tone and then say it again with an anxious tone. Why? Because we landed the job, but will we be able to keep it? We know that depression can prevent individuals from being able to function enough to meet work demands. But take a look at these 10 tips to maintain a job with depression to see how you can keep that employment.

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About Charity Barrett, Author of Work and Bipolar or Depression

About Charity Barrett, Author of Work and Bipolar or Depression

Greetings! My name is Charity Barrett and I am eager to start posting in the Work and Depression or Bipolar blog. I am passionate about participating in things involving the mental health community because it is too often overlooked, underestimated and misunderstood and I struggle with depression myself.

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Volunteerism

Volunteerism

If you have trouble working as many of us with bipolar disorder do, volunteering is a practical and purposeful way to contribute and expand on your personal assets. You can receive and experience some real world training. You can use this situation to get into the routine; a daily schedule or a weekly schedule with daily or weekly routines is one of the benefits to you when volunteering. Meeting people, especially new individuals, is a skill and needs to be cultivated. If you are looking for a limited amount of hours per day or per week, volunteering is the way to go. There are many ways and places to contribute and do and feel better.

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Philanthropy

Philanthropy

Get rid of those old jeans that don’t fit you. I know how difficult it can for bipolar individuals to let go of something that is comforting. You could recycle any clothing, like those jeans, you know the ones that you wear but can’t button the waist. Donate them, you will feel good in donating and also feel better in some new, well-fitting clothes, though as a bipolar individual, remember not too overboard on spending.

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Paperwork Delays and its Causes

Paperwork Delays and its Causes

I have already laid out some ideas on procrastination. This time, I want to speak about delaying paperwork, especially invoicing for the self-employed and expense reports for those employed.

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