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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Topical Tuesday: Managing A Job With Mental Illness

At the age of nineteen, I feel like I should be supporting myself financially. Most people my age at least work part-time, and yet here I am, still relying on my parents to fund my entire existence. I'm almost embarrassed to admit to people that I don't have a job. I'd even go as far as to say I'm ashamed by it.

Why? Probably a mixture of the expectations I have of myself and the values that society places on its members.

People can be quite judgemental towards the unemployed - as though not working makes you a less worthy person or just 'lazy', and perhaps some people are just that. However, before jumping to such conclusions, I think it's important to bear in mind that there are many different reasons why some people are unable to work. It's not fair to tar everyone with the same brush.

Mental health conditions can have a massive impact on an individual's overall wellbeing and functioning. They take over so much of your life that it becomes impossible to focus on anything else. That's why managing a job can be so much more difficult when suffering from a mental illness.

Many people fail to realise this because they can't see the illness on the outside, but that doesn't make it any less debilitating. Not to mention that many mental health conditions also cause physical symptoms anyway, fatigue for example.

If you could see that somebody physically couldn't work, you wouldn't tell them to 'just get over it' or 'stop being lazy'. And yet when it comes to mental illness, that's exactly what we tell people.

I really want to hear your views on this topic. Do you find it more difficult to manage a job because of your mental health? Have you ever been stigmatised because of it? Let me know below.
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  1. I'm in the same position as you! I don't work due to depression and anxiety. I'm also nineteen and it's expected of me to at least be doing some kind of work and earning myself some money. But I'm not and for me right now the most important thing is getting myself in the position where I can work. Having people judge you for being in this situation and labelling you as 'lazy' is just cruel and proves a lack of knowledge on mental health. I wish people were more understanding and compassionate, especially with regards to working and in the workplace xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Exactly the same here. I need to focus on my health before anything and that means not having a job for now. Especially since I need to keep up with uni work too! It's such a shame that this stigma around mental health still exists. I agree with you - when it comes to the world of work, there is still a massive lack of understanding towards mental illness. Thanks for your comment!

      Lisa xx

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