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if you dont mind, what do you do?

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My deepest fear as a manic depressive with anxiety issues, is that i won't be able to live a "normal" life, one where I am able to follow my dreams, as a result of my mental illness.  Dr. Kay Jamison has been very inspirational to me, (you should read her book "an unquiet mind" if you haven't its phenomenal), and i love to hear of people with mental illness living their lives to the fullest.  I am a server, desperately looking to change career paths, so, if you don't mind, what do you do?

 

thanks!

 

dangerousdave

 

 

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Hi Dave

I do pre-analytical work for a hospital laboratory.

Meaning: I process and handle blood and body fluids/ excretions/ parts, getting them ready to be tested or sent to the reference lab.

I also run a circus (aka my family of 5 and the home that we destroy/ live in)

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I am currently a cook at a large "dude ranch". This is, at least, my third career. I have not been here long, but am thrilled with the opportunities and the baking!

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I am a financial planner.  I work with clients on retirement planning (savings & investment programs), budgeting, insurance needs, estate planning, college funding, etc.  

 

I work part-time, and have a busy family life.  In previous lifetimes, I was in marketing full-time for both engineering and financial services.  

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I was out of work for two and a half years after a period of incapacitation due to bipolar disorder.  I previously worked in the financial services industry.  Since I couldn't find a job, I went back to school and am in my last semester of a Master's program in human resources.  I also work part-time as a graduate assistant.  I decided to study something in a field where there is a fair amount of work available.  I hope I can find a job in the HR field when I graduate.

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I am a technical writer, specializing in a particular area of science/technology (which shall remain nameless so I don't "out" myself). I have my own company, which allows me to work from home at the pace that is acceptable for how I'm feeling. I have MDD, GAD, and OCD, and there used to be days where it was all I could do to drag myself out of bed and work for a few minutes at a time, and try not to think about killing myself. Now I'm stable on my meds, but they make me fatigued, so being able to work at my own pace is important.

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Former optometrist. (28-year career, a good part while fighting depressive illness)

 

I was heading for a second career working with autistic children and teenagers when *physical* illness intervened.

 

Chris

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I work as a clinical social worker who is a child mental health specialist, so I work with a lot of children in foster care and their caregivers.

 

I now have a service dog, who is also cross trained as a therapy dog. The kids ADORE her.

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I was working as a waiter while trying to get my high school diploma. I'm on unemployment now. I haven't worked in two years, sadly.

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I'm looking for work, but I've held jobs as a tutor, lab tech, admin assistant, TA/RA, and working retail. I coached too.  I finished my degree recently and am aplying for graduate school

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I am a nurse. I work with critically ill patients that are no longer quite sick enough to be in the ICU, but are too sick to be on a regular floor. I also have my Masters degree in nursing and hope to move into a more administrative/patient education role in the near future. I am always on the lookout for possible opportunities.

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I'm too ill to work formally, but at the moment I make jewelry. Most of what I make is just general pieces at my whim, but I've made a few bespoke pieces as well. It's not a true career, but I sell a bit here and there. It's a good occupation.

 

Prior to this, all the work I did was customer service stuff. It's not bad work, but I'm ill suited for it, heh.

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I held it together enough to be a successful graphic designer, illustrator and web developer for publications and at an ad agency for years.

I've been completley non-functional and unable to work the last 6 months. :( I don't know if I'll ever get better.

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I currently work in a chocolate shop one or two days a week. It's a nice gig-- my boss and coworkers are wonderful, and it's not just boring retail stuff. We make our own chocolates, so there's always production and packaging that needs to be done along with the retail end of things. I really love it there, and if the pay was a bit better, I'd be happy to stay on indefinitely. ^_^


I am also going to school part-time (just two classes right now, and they're relatively easy ones.) I'm hoping to get into the dental hygiene program at the local community college...

I can't really work full time (whenever I've tried I've totally lost my marbles) so I hope that dental hygiene will allow me to work part-time, and have enough of a financial cushion so I'm not constantly freaking out about whether or not I have rent money or am able to pay the heating bill...

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