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There are many people with mental illness in today's day in age. In fact, many are on disability because of the difficulties in the work place. To be more specific, there are numerous people with bipolar disorder that are on disability. Being on disability means that they are unfit to work at the time and receive a check from the government. There is a difference however, between a bipolar sufferers getting on disability versus one that attempts to make the transition towards work.

The fears of someone suffering from bipolar disorder trying to work in a normal environment are very frightening. The "normal" bipolar person has episodes of extreme mania and then a bout of depression. The mania symptoms consist of flighty ideas, racing thoughts, and reckless actions. The depression side causes lack of energy and motivation, gloomy thinking, and even suicidal idealizations. Due to these symptoms it becomes complex for the sufferer to function normally at work. Also, the shifts in symptoms can trigger a bouncing effect between moods. It becomes hard to concentrate with bipolar and this makes working quite tricky. It is also hard to judge when a constructive day will be accomplished. It will vary from day to day. This is another reason why it so difficult to figure out when you are ready to go back to work.

Bipolar disorder is a tricky disease where the symptoms can come and go. Medication can control your mood in most cases. Yet, with these medications there is not one specific combination that works. Most cases it takes months or even years to get the right arrangement. Bipolar disorder can go into remission, much like cancer. When this occurs, the symptoms seem to go away but later they can come back just as strong, if not stronger. So, because of this it makes it even more complicated to judge exactly when to trudge back into a job.

Going back to work can be terrifying for the disabled individual. They do not have the dependability of having income at their disposal. The money factor is a toss-up. On the one hand, the individual has an income with disability. On the other hand, the sufferer knows that he/she will make much more income when they have a job. This is where one of the differences is apparent. The employed bipolar sufferer will have greater income. This will create more freedom in the things they enjoy out of work. The person on disability will find the restrictions that their lower income can create.

The costs of medications are another reason why people get on disability in the first place. When they go back to work, their medical coverage will not be as great or even available. It is hard to continue working to sustain the medication costs. This causes a complete internal struggle as to when they can afford the medications or handle the career path. The beneficiary of disability usually receives excellent insurance. So, many have remained on disability to receive their premium insurance.

Many have found schooling to be a viable option to handle a future job. This creates confidence in social interactions. This order of time also gives the person time to comfortably ease into the idea of what kind of career they can handle. The plus in this is that they will be able to work at a surrounding they are relaxed in and are proficient at what they do. This way they can find a job in which they can contentedly live and also afford their insurance and/or medications. Yet, they may also have setbacks in the schooling process which may cause an even lower drop in self esteem. So, this is where some disability holders can fall into this trap.

Bipolar can find you wondering which way to go. No matter in the career field or in life itself. It is tough to decide whether to just continue living through the government or to test the waters of employment. There are many work programs that are available. People taking this route are attempting to work, without losing all benefits. They must be very careful to be completely sure that they are ready to venture out in to the wonderful world of work. It is because if work does not work out they may lose all benefits in the long run. This is where the fine line lies between employed or disabled.

Disability is seen as a temporary solution. Yet, there are many fears as to when temporary becomes permanent. It is so hard to decipher when a good time to go back to work is. Bipolar can get the best of these individuals and the decision making process can become tedious. In certain perspective, they can feel safe in the position they are in. Yet, in the long run they should feel open to the opportunity to advancement. Jobs can be obtainable; it may just take time to be ready for them.

Disability is a great thing for those who have no other option. The problem lies into what happens after the disability is awarded. Should there be more guidelines as to how far in disability you lie? Should there be reform in polices to see where they disabled will go in life? These are all questions that can be answered in time. As to now, they must all continue the up-hill climb to recovery and focus on victory.

In closing, disability can be very rewarding and can gain rehabilitation. It just takes the time and effort to be ready to take on a career. Bipolar suffers have hope in gaining employment after disability. The lives differ greatly between a sufferer who is employed or who continued on disability. It just takes that extra time to decide when they are completely ready. Looking over symptoms and the patterns that they convey can be a great tool towards employment as well. This way they can know what to expect and how to handle it. The real reward is to be completely on the road to recovery by being off disability. Taking this time to judge when the person is ready can make up for a lifetime.

I wrote this back in February..but I figured it might be something worthwhile to post

Hope it helps you all.

Have a great "hump" day....lol ;)

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'Bad' news first:

I'm not sure what this course wants out of your paper, but it could use some formalization (and I'm not going to formalize it right on this forum, trust me!).

Also see if you need to have citations and verifications of any information you present.

Check out what standards that course has for papers.

'Good' news last:

It's possible that they want informal papers that can be published online and read by anybody. In that case, IMO, your paper is good and fine, and really, quite educational.

Also, perhaps this paper is supposed to be about your personal experiences and how they relate to those of others, so in that case, citing be sodded.

Ah, you already wrote and got a grade for the essay, and it's here to benefit US.

I did gain some benefit out of it, for what it's worth. :-)

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