... If you can't, what happens that stops you from being able to work full time? Do you work part time? I've tried both and found it impossible to do either. I am just wondering if I'm alone or if there are others with this disorder who find it impossible to work at all. It's very frustrating not being able to work like I used to be able to. I hate being on disability and being broke all the time!!!
19 Apr 2012
I'm newly dxed with schizoaffective. I've been on SSDI for nearly 15 years due to being mis-dxed with bp1. I was so markedly ill at the time I was so out of it that I didn't miss being unable to work outside the home. What stopped me from being able to were the mood swings and the delusions/hallucinations/paranoia. I don't feel you are alone in the frustration. I can't speak for others, I can only express how I feel. Now that I look back on my former career as an administrative assistant, I can see how one could feel the frustration of being unable to work. It's been too long for me though. I can try to empathize with you and imagine what you're going through.
I'm not ashamed to admit that I do accept government assistance and have been for a while. Idk if you are in a position to do the same. If I weren't on Medicare/Medicaid, I wouldn't have been able to pay for all my meds, docs, and 3 hospitalizations within the past year. If you have family to help you out financially that always helps. My parents help with my rent, else my teen daughter and I would be homeless. Food stamps have been amazingly helpful too. Mentally ill people need not feel ashamed to accept whatever help they need and deserve. I hope you find some relief from your woes soon.
20 Apr 2012
I was diagnosed schizoaffective when I was admited to hospital when I had a psychiotic episode. I had a major depression during that time. Since then I have been on disability. Sometimes I wonder if I could work too because I hate being broke all the time. But I know for me it is the stress from work that has stopped me to work again. I am very happy and healthy now. You are not the only one going through this, there are more of us for sure.
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