My past experience has been that in the workplace I become overstimulated, that I take on too many responsibilities, overwork, and burn out. Taking care of my husband and son, as well as myself, taxes me as it is. I need social contact, but still feel that it must be restrained, limited, flexible to my needs and the needs of my family. Group therapy as well as the writers’ workshops that I have begun attending give me needed structure and stimulation. They enable me to rejoin the world outside my home, away my family room couch where I sit in front of the TV until it’s once again time to pick up my son or go grocery shopping. These group activities provide me with a sense of accomplishment and competence. Unlike a job where there are multiple, competing priorities and deadlines, I am not asked to perform. Unlike taking a position as administrative assistant for which I am overqualified, I am learning from those more qualified and experienced than I.
To Work or Not to Work
Kitt O'Malley2022-09-09T16:31:12-07:00April 8th, 2014|Categories: Bipolar Disorder, Overstimulation|Tags: Disability, overcoming isolation, work|0 Comments
About the Author: Kitt O'Malley
Bipolar Writer & Mental Health Advocate
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Thank you so much. I agree that I seem to have found a good balance. Part of me felt that I should go back to work and get off disability. Another part knows that I should not go back to the lifestyle / work-style that got me hospitalized.
Hi Kitt, what you are doing now really does sound like such a great balance of activities. I could relate to everything you wrote about as well. I’ve done the exact same thing you described in jobs. (Overdo & burn out) Good for you for having the courage to explore the different groups and make the commitment! You are an inspiration!