Yesterday at the deli at 1030 am the guy said “are you on your way to work” and I said yeah. Even though I don’t work…cuz I’m ashamed I don’t work.
Same here, agreed.
I feel that way too, sometimes. Could you maybe try volunteering? That helps me feel like at least I’m doing something productive.
I worked enough so I don’t feel that way, but I do wonder what I want to do with the rest of my life 37+ cause it’s a long time.
If I hadn’t worked I’d definately want to get enough work in so I could say I was sick of it and feel comfortable not working again
Though at this point I want to take iPhone app programming classes so I can be creative and make an app to sell
I was getting my meds once and the taxi driver said “are you off today” so I said yes.
I’d say “I’m retired”. But he would think “oh wow that’s young” and I’d be like "yeah they retired me (this model)
I just say I’m a student in college. Makes me feel productive and it’s not lying.
Just say you’re a porn star and make your own hours
I worked quite a lot before my illness fully took over. I’ll tell you something a caseworker at the crisis treatment center told me. Don’t be embarrassed that’s what the money is there for. If you’ve worked you’re not getting a hand out. I feel bad sometimes too. But I plan on doing college classes online. There are a few I know of that get disability and there is nothing wrong with them. Those people are the lazy ones. If you’re truly mentally ill you’re not doing anything wrong.
It’s not really your choice. It’s not like you haven’t tried. You’re working on getting level and functioning just with daily life. Other people’s opinions don’t matter. They couldn’t possibly understand.
I have one of the lowest-level positions at my work. It’s what I need to stay stable. I know that people judge me and sometimes I do let it get me down, but I know that they don’t understand. I remind myself that I’m doing pretty well…
Don’t you dare feel ashamed ️
I just found work as a bakery assistant. I don’t feel up to anything too demanding…
Self deprecation goes so much further than self confidence
I probably would’ve said “Yeah off my rocker”. No wonder people avoid me lol
I usually answer that I’m home with my kids. Which I am but they really don’t need me home all the time. I’ve been put on permanent disability
I have nothing to be ashamed of.
I am an invalid and can’t do anything.
It’s not my fault and I have nothing to be ashamed of.
Too many times I’ve said I work. And I don’t. Even the dominos guy looked at me once in my scrubs and goes “working from home or are u taking a sick day?” I appropriately said I was taking a sick day. Lol. I should just create a business that helps mentally ill people get their needs met with appropriating their money. Then I can be my only customer, charge it on a business credit card, and say that I’m an entrepreneur. I told my friend who dances for the Bucks to do that for purchases that had to do with her image like hair cuts and outfits. Maybe that would affect my dissability tho
I worked early n my life so I qualified for some disability here n California. Then after about 28 years if not working u went back part time. Now at 59 I’m working full time as as a peer support specialist. Work has been therapeutic for me. It helps me to help others. Sure I’m stressed out at times but I find a way to manage it. Exercise, diet and good sleep help too. I follow my WRAP plan too. Check it out on the web if u haven’t heard of it. Thanks!
Yeah I get it. I would feel the same.
I worked myself to death from my teens tpo early 40s. Besides my MI, i feel like my body is shot. I could not do what i used to.
I am kinda miffed i am having problems getting on to disability. i tried a couple of times before and was rejected cause no lawyer. I am re-applying right now.
I would not care if i were you. I certainly dont care.
The disabled : We got what it takes to take what you got!
I done my time, cant take it any longer.
After working a decade and a half, and earning an associate’s degree for another 4 years I noticed that I had achieved practically nothing in my life and was disgusted with working and going to school on SSI. I am afraid however that no longer having anything to do when school was over contributed significantly to my relapse. At this point I’m afraid I’m at the point of no return as the resulting extra drug load has destroyed my body to where I can’t work a physical labor job any more and I don’t have the papers (degrees) for jobs using my mind. The ABLE account which would have made the idea of working more lucrative has come too late for me. I guess my body would have given out early anyway and I feel like a retiree at this point. I would have welcomed the current stated vision of the President to get people on welfare off of it and I still believe healthy individuals should receive more of a push in that direction. But as far as I’m concerned that threatens me now. I still feel some guilt over it but not like I used to.