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I work in IT, for the second largest county healthcare system in the state. I specialize in EMR and server support, which usually means complex issues. I'm also the POC for one of our medical hardware companies, so I deal with the vendor reps, end users, and management, for all of the devices we own from that vendor. We have 300+ clinical users and 200+ support staff spread across 10 clinics, with an IT department of 10 people. I have to be on my A-game all the time.

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Being new to the board, I hadn't noticed this thread until it got resurrected this morning.  Such a wide variety of professions. Quite inspiring to read how everybody says NO to the overwhelming

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 traine

I'm a zone supervisor at a Walmart. I got promoted once last year, once this year and I'm planning on getting promoted again in January. Because I can. I know, it's just Walmart, not particularly impr



We (IT) used to do EMR training for all new employees, but they found it to be too confusing, so it's now all OJT. I am lucky that my other 2 EMR support people have a combined 70+ years of experience with the organization and have been using the EMR system since they rolled it out 10 years ago. I've only been at this job a bit over a year, and it's been hard to learn all the quirks of the EMR. We're about to move to an ICD10-enabled release, which is going to blow the clinical staff away with the changes. 

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I'm a stay at home mom.  I find work very stressful due to my MI and social anxiety.  I also find that I am able to do my job as a mom more efficiently when I'm not working....




I have a degree in PR/ communications and just today I applied for a job at my church as program director.  I think I have a good shot at getting the job, and I'm excited about it.  I think it will be good for me, but I don't know how I will juggle parenting and work, unless I work from home during the summer.  


I like reading about what you all do, such interesting positions in life.

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Im on disability, i have an honers degree in sociology, i have only done retail jobs. I would love a job that uses my degree, im only up to working part time. Im not going back ino retail or another min wage job as it isnt worth the risk to my sanity and the money is really no better as i would have to pay tax and travel and prescriptions, $50 a month more is not worth risking my mi, but i will get a job and pay all the money back that ive got of welfare.

Im from a large family that pay a lot of tax and get little out of it, so i guess im taking it at the moment.

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I'm a competitive soccer referee (no more college level, physically cannot do it anymore) Adult through U-youngers club and ODP, & high school level.


I officiate Lacrosse too now, which is a kick since I played it in HS but now realize I never paid any attention to the rules. I always wondered what the flag was flying through the air...


I'm now indie publishing my fiction work, although once in a while a publisher says, hey, that was that thing you had before, the one with the **** [whatever is trending now].


I was a Stay-At-Home-Dad for almost two decades. I have run two construction companies from the red into the black, I've managed non-profit programs with million dollar budgets, as a volunteer... but once I wanted a paid spot, suddenly nobody talked to me--I'm still mystified about that one. I had to "resign" because I needed money not a 90hr work week for free. I've been a studio assistant, IP paralegal, beach lifeguard (oddly NOT babewatch though I worked there), and did most everything else under the sun. I have stories. Some of them are funny. Wait, this is what we do not when we did. frack.


Anyway, I ref and write. And look for something I can do... like run a program but get paid for it, because that was a job I loved and won awards for (until I wanted to get paid).


I'm benched for 4-6 weeks until my knee get's fixed and I can run again. So right now, I may zilch instead of peanuts. And it truly sucks. Tomorrow the fall club season starts and I'm so pissed off right now that I can't work. And I lost my editorial support and I have four books in the pipe. The fifth one is in front of a friend's publisher. I need an editor who digs charity work once in a while. LOL!




Wait, as in "editor"? Because I need one (and can't afford one)...


I completed four novels while unmedicated and currently have one of them under consideration with a major New York literary agency. Since going on medication, I've had the functionality to restart my home business refurbishing and repairing Apple computers. I'm also working on my fifth and sixth novels. :)


Oh, and I'm getting married soon to another writer who also has bipolar disorder.


My dx does stop me from working a regular job because I have too many bad days which I would have to call in sick, but I've found ways around that by creating opportunities for myself which allow me to set my own hours.


Yay! Someone like me. Except for the agent and sixth novel.... and except the fixing and refurbing Apple stuff. I just break them.

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For the next 3 days, I fill out applications on behalf of radiologists for privileges at hospitals so they can read images over the internet.

But next week, I start a year of volunteering to help middle school kids who already speak English as a second language get good enough at it to do well academically.

During that year, I have to take 5 advanced math courses, mostly (maybe all) online and by correspondence. Yeah, that still exists, I was surprised.

At the end of that, if i have my ducks in a row and I'm lucky. I start a residency that gets me a teaching license in a little over a year.

First time I've had a plan in a long time. First time I've had to run the brain all day too.

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I'm a zone supervisor at a Walmart. I got promoted once last year, once this year and I'm planning on getting promoted again in January. Because I can. I know, it's just Walmart, not particularly impressive but I really do love my job a lot. It's the only job I've ever had in America. It was the first one I applied for when I got my green card because it was the most American thing I could think of, lol. It is a bit more difficult when I'm in a depressive phase or when my anxiety is bad but GREAT when I'm manic because I always have so much to do. I just have to take my meds and keep everything in check I guess.

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This thread has been incredibly inspiring for me to read.


I'm a Program Coordinator Intern at NAMI(The National Alliance on Mental Illness), and a Research Assistant for PTSD research at my husband's base. Both are unpaid, but I enjoy them and they have made my resume look fantastic! Having these experiences will help a lot when I apply to grad school.


I plan to get my PhD in Clinical Psychology so I can treat patients and conduct depression research.  :)

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Soccer & Lacrosse referee by day, Fiction Author by night (or day, depending).


As I've aged and my body started to break down (too many "extreme sports" before they were called that) I had to step back from USL-Am/Semi-Pro & college soccer officiating to High school & Premier/ODP level youth officiating. It's a bummer because there is a lot less $ for younger games but, it's still exciting and I love the training and the work.


Fiction work, My studio production manager brother kicked my ass into indie publishing on Kindle, (trying to add iBooks, Kobo and B&N) since I've been writing stories since I was six and privished almost everything except for low-paid/unpaid literary journals. "Put your damned Creative Writing degree to use, man." So I am. Way too late in life but I can still type so... guess there's less of an age thing than sports officiating.


Had a high paying tech writing gig but it was a startup and they sold to a bigger tech firm. They had in-house people. I loved it while it lasted. Sometimes it was a riot FaceTiming with coders & designers in Pakistan.

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I have OCD, social anxiety, GAD, dysthymia, and I have had a history of PTSD and depersonalization although I can pretty confidently say that I haven't been affected by the last two in a long time so I consider them in remission/recovery.  


I have degrees in English, macro social work, and law.  I currently prosecute misdemeanors.  This is a challenging job for a person with social anxiety in particular, because it involves a whole lot of talking to difficult people, and sometimes I have to hide in my office and regroup for a while doing paperwork after a long morning in court.  However, Zoloft helps me a lot, and I would say makes it possible for me to do my job successfully.  It's very interesting and compelling work, and I always have wild stories.  


Previously I worked as an office manager.  I fell into doing that because I tried teaching high school English as a then-untreated and severe social phobic and it didn't go well.  I wasn't sure what else I could do with an English degree besides teach, so I started out with a temp agency and went from there, turning to the nonprofit sector pretty early on.  I have a deep commitment to working on issues of gender-based violence (sexual and domestic violence) because of personal experiences, and my career has largely focused on figuring out how to do that in a productive and stimulating way without triggering myself all to hell. 


I have rarely had to miss work because of anxiety flareups, but there have been periods when I was withdrawn in the office and would focus more on non-interactive work as much as possible.  I dreaded eventually doing trials.  But the more experience I get, the less anxious I feel about it, and the meds do help.  My OCD is primarily obsessive in nature, and I've been coping with it forever and ever, so it doesn't interfere in my work too much.  I have more trouble with lacking a social life outside of work, but I keep trying.

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I have Mood Disorder NOS, ADHD, Generalized Panic Disorder w/o agoraphobia. 

I have had a lot of jobs in the past. Currently I'm working as a special needs camp counselor in Texas. I just started training Wednesday. 


The job in Texas didn't work out, so I was transient during the summer. Now I'm going to school and plan to major in social work and criminal justice.

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Being new to the board, I hadn't noticed this thread until it got resurrected this morning. 

Such a wide variety of professions. Quite inspiring to read how everybody says NO to the overwhelming temptations to allow the illness to rule their life. It's a fascinating battle to observe. 

As for me, I started adulthood as a combat medic in the military, went on to get a degree in automation/robotics engineering and worked several years in a training role with an advanced machining capacity.

A mosquito bite (encephalitis) and LOTS of stress from every concieveable angle conspired to melt my brain leading to a few years of uncontrollable madness and a nasty bout of psychosis. Doctors couldn't make the connection, medication couldn't stabilize it.. 

I am 40 now. That was 15 years ago. As the illness evolved, the diagnosis was all over the place and eventually settled primarily on Schizoaffective Disorder. Lots of attributes of paranoia, social avoidance, delusions, and a unique perspective on everything have pretty much isolated me from successful integration into society. 

Every attempt at trying to live a life closer to the societal 'normal' triggers a relapse into madness.. so, after a series of horrible decisions, I revolted against everything that remained, cut every cord on every influence, and reinvented my life. 

I have worked as an independant contractor in the transportation industry for the past decade. Medication would instantly disqualify me to continue with the profession that has provided my sanity. 

Although it is quite obvious to those familiar with the signs and symptoms, I am not around anybody long enough for them to put the pieces together. 

I continue to live in constant fear of relapsing into the years of chaos.. and that motivates me to do everything I can to prevent it. I plan well to avoid stress. I limit my exposure to people. I eat well and try to sleep well. I have learned not to dwell on all of the regret, embarrassment, shame, and guilt that I would have to face if I ever stopped. I stopped adding to that pile.

I have too big of a heart. I feel too much. I care too deeply. I am far too passionate about my beliefs and relationships. But, nobody understands that. Myself included.

So, I just keep running..


At some point, in the future, I would love to push myself towards a formal education and parlay that into volunteer work at treatment facilities in the role of mentoring those beginning their journey into living life with this elephant on their shoulders. But, since I found my solace in such an unorthodox and rebellious way, I won't be finding much support in any setting that relies on the prevalent comply and conform dynamic.. *Insert the therapist / patient relationship from the movie Good Will Hunting here*. The inherent politics and micromanagement would likely conspire to nudge me over the edge towards relapse. I know how fragile I can be. Not being able to help somebody who so desperately needs it would undoubtedly crush spirit.

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I work at a nonprofit organization doing marketing, fundraising, graphic design, event planning and more!

It's not easy. Sometimes I just have to leave part of the way through the day and go home to be an anxious mess there instead of my office. Every one of my 8 coworkers has seen me cry at one point or another, and I've only been with this organization about 10 months. I'm out of sick time due to a week's stint in the psych ward (I was suicidal). I have to be open with my boss about my MI, because otherwise I'm just the employee who takes too much sick time and has too many doctor's appointments.

It works out, though. I always get all my work done one way or another.

My mom has panic disorder and is a college professor. I grew up watching her lay on bathroom floors, get up, dust herself off, and go back to teaching (or whatever we were doing). I guess I learned to compensate.

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I'm a teacher but haven't been able to work full time since 2013. I used to thrive on the energy of the classroom, now it just drains me and I am exhausted after just one class. I really wish I could go back to the way it used to be, but my mental and physical state won't allow it.  It's really depressing.

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