And now we're going to toss it over to Bipolar Expert Answers Lisa Sundstedt. Lisa?
Welcome back to Bipolar Expert Answers. I'm here with Dr. Marianne Gillow. I'm Lisa Sundstedt, your host. I'm also bipolar, so I think hopefully I'll have some input for you.
And our first question is from Andirocks who says, "If your psychiatrist is against you going back to work, but you are having a hard time paying your bills. Would you still go back?
I'm scared that I won't be able to make enough money to get by. Any advice or opinions are greatly appreciated."
I like to say that when I was in my first episode, my psychiatrist, thank God, put me on disability
and told me to avoid stimulating environments and that really helped out, so is that a helpful tool?
Lisa, I'm glad to hear that you've got good input at the time you were going through your situation.
And for Andy here, I'd like to suggest that you work on accepting that the illness is not your fault.
This is a medical problem. It happens. Being in a low stress environment is a great idea. I agree with you, Lisa. Do everything you can to arrive at a good psychological place.
The other thing you can do is learn what are the local statutes as far as being able to work while on you're on disability?
Most of the time, states will allow a certain amount of part time work up to certain dollar figure per year.
So, look into that. You might be able to do something to help take the edge off your financial worries and gradually ease yourself back into a full time position.
Yeah, and like my brother maybe you could move in with your parents. He's 35 and still living with my mom, so his bills are really low. Good luck Andirocks.
Good luck to you.