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How can taking medications on time help me with my job if I have bipolar disorder?

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It may be tempting to go without treating your mania. After all, this is when many people feel most productive. But that's risky. During mania, you’re more likely to make mistakes and can become irritable, making working relationships challenging. Also, untreated mania can lead to depression.

If you tend to forget your medications, set a timer or reminder on your computer. Keeping your medication in a plastic container bottle can help you guard your privacy.

SOURCES: Kessler, R. , June 2005. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Wellness at Work." Po W. Wang, MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Stanford School of Medicine.Job Accommodation Network: "Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with bipolar Disorder." National Institute of Mental Health: "Bipolar Disorder." WebMD Medical Reference: "Bipolar Disorder and Going to Work."




Archives of General Psychiatry

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 23, 2018

SOURCES: Kessler, R. , June 2005. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Wellness at Work." Po W. Wang, MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Stanford School of Medicine.Job Accommodation Network: "Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with bipolar Disorder." National Institute of Mental Health: "Bipolar Disorder." WebMD Medical Reference: "Bipolar Disorder and Going to Work."




Archives of General Psychiatry

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 23, 2018

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