... went back to work I'm getting really upset feel like crying most of the time cause I can't balance,I forget things,then I get really mad for nor reason then I'm happy until I have to do my reports sometimes I balance but most of the time not I try my hardest but I still fail I'm at risk of looseing my job..does anyone have any pointer to what I can do to get back in control of myself my doc says my meds are working fine..please help
While your meds maybe the correct combo, your coping skills may be a bit lacking. Living with bipolar disorder requires developing behaviors to help combat the anxiety and lack of self esteem we experience. Relax, maybe ask for some pointers from your boss to help with balancing your reports. Often stress makes our symptoms worse so don't be let down if at first you don't succeed. Some of us have found that part time work is better than full time particularly in the beginning. It really is a matter of retraining the brain.
Hi miss kay
I understand how you feel. When things don't work or add up the way they are supposed to we tend to overthink the problem and then when it still doesn't work it overwhelms us. It does make us feel stupid and we are definitely not stupid in fact quite the opposite. It wouldn't bother us so much if we were stupid.
The thing that has always worked for me is to step back, take a few deep breaths and calm myself down. This sometimes takes a few minutes but it sounds like that is okay with your boss. Once you are calm then go back to the problem and start completely over as if you had not done it at all yet and doing it the simplest way possible.
I hope this helps.
Your question really hit home- I have had to learn not to be so hard on myself and slow down- it is really tough sometimes while in the work environment with demands etc... but I have also learned that even those without a bipolar or other diagnosis have bad days as well and may not always feel as confident as they appear- we are all human!
miss kay, do you have any vacation time to spare? Check into rehab to get some feedback and medication check from another Psych opinion. Your med may need to be changed. until you are strong enough to tackle your job. As long as you are seeking medical help I don't believe you can be fried..Stress can cause us to become unbalanced and we need to stop and focus if we can, if not we may need special care. Just a little something for you to think about. Best of luck on your decision...
Hi - sounds like you have a supportive boss. Have you told your employer that you have a disability? There are rules that they have to follow once they know that you are disabled, and bipolar is a Disabilty. And are you in therapy? A therapist can help a lot to take things apart and have a clear, objective look at them and see what parts of the task can you change, or change your assessment of it. Ah, that part a therapist can really help with! I think we all are a bit on the perfectionistic side of things, and we can really amp up the stress level. Do you have any coworkers who do similar work assignments? It can be good to go to lunch, or on a break with them to get to know them and compare notes. They may have some insight that can help. The best thing is to realize that we can't do things perfectly - no one can, and to slow down and accept that this is who you are and where you are supposed to be right now. I hope you can be happy with who and how you are - and love yourself. Take gentle care - EJ23
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