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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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Bipolar Disorder, Resilience and Work (Part 2)

Resilience is a gradual learning process. It can be useful in both personal and work situations. These are only recommendations on building resilience, there are many more. Test a few out and try the ones that work for you.

Bipolar Disorder, Resilience and Work (Part 2)

In part one of this series, I mentioned that one of the traits for success in business is resiliency. Resilience is the ability to adapt and rebound when plans or schedules don’t go as they should. Resilience also comprises commitment, such as commitment to one’s goals. How does someone with bipolar disorder develop resilience?

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Resilience and Work

Resilience and Work

One of the traits for success in business is resiliency. Resilience is the ability to adapt and rebound when plans or schedules don’t go as they should. Part of resiliency is being able to quickly analyze a situation. If a mistake has been made, learn from it and move on. No need to dwell on the situation for a long period.

A leading psychologist has researched resilience and found there are three factors that are necessary to have resilience:

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Tips for Vacations when You Have Bipolar Disorder

Tips for Vacations when You Have Bipolar Disorder

Vacations and bipolar disorder can cause havoc for your mental health. Here are some tips to help you have a successful vacation with bipolar disorder.

It is that time of the season. Many individuals and families are putting their vacation plans together. For some, a vacation consists of running around at full speed with major anxiety and stress. Others may prefer to try a new activity, such as zip-line or scuba diving. Many with bipolar disorder and myself included, prefer the relaxed, slower than normal pace (warm climates help in the slowing down process). Doing the vacation thing with the least amount of anxiety or stress as possible with bipolar disorder does take a little advance planning (When Bipolar Ruins Your Vacation).

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How to Achieve Relaxation Through Visualization

During visualization exercises, the mind can’t tell the difference between a real performance and one that is imagined. Neither can the body. Most important, when you visualize yourself, you see yourself in the present, As if you would see it through your own eyes, not watching through the eyes of a spectator.

How to Achieve Relaxation Through Visualization

Stress is part of everyone’s daily life. When you’re living with depression or bipolar disorder, the levels of stress and anxiety can quickly climb.  Learning how to relax can relieve that stress and anxiety. And visualization is a great relaxation technique that can help with that.

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