So I was diagnosed with sza a few years ago and have been hospitalized 5 times (plus residential treatment, PHP, and IOP since 2016. I had this boss who was super understanding and kind, and he allowed me to take LOAs when I needed them. Last week, I guess his patience ran out and he let me go. He said that our store is too short-staffed for him to try to cater to my mental health needs. I know he felt bad, but it really hurt. I’d been there for 4 years. I applied for some other jobs but I’m still not stable on meds, so I have to do that first.
It just sucks having chronic mental illness because people don’t realize the ■■■■ that it takes day to day to manage and then people not being able to handle it just sucks.
One step at a time. Work on getting yourself stable first.
I had something similar happen to me several years ago. I just couldn’t keep it together at work at the time. They didn’t say “why” they let me go, but it was because of mental health. I would like to suggest to first of all not give up and keep going. Change isn’t always fun, but if you keep your head up and have a good attitude you’ll increase your chances of it working out well.
That’s unfortunate. It takes a while to get stable. It took me about 7 years to find the right meds. I am not cured or in remission or anything but I am stable.
I worked a lot of jobs for short periods of time when I was sick though. I had to go from job to job because I couldn’t keep one. I feel pretty good at the one I have now but it took me 11 years to get here.
Do you live in the US? I think if you get another job you can talk to hr and get fmla for when you are sick so you don’t get fired
wow, you had tried really hard to find the right med and right job. You must be incredibly resilient and persevering.
Don’t lose hope. You can achieve something by finding the right med and right job.
I lost a job to do mental illness. It was heartbreaking. The worst part of it was my parents didn’t understand and blamed me for the loss. I had no one to turn to. I hope you have someone.
That’s terrible. Yeah, that would have hurt me for sure. I’ve been fired for a variety of reasons at various jobs through the years but nothing like that. It might be hard to see but maybe you can take something positive from the experience.
This is just wrong. I get he was being honest, but here in the UK that’s against the equality act where employers have to make adjustments.
Moving on though will be possible. I really hope you can find something soon. I have worked with family. Do you have any relatives who can get you a job? My aunt keeps an eye on me, but it has been more difficult recently.
Thank you for your perspective! I’m trying not to give up it’s just hard to find a job that can accommodate me especially since I’m not really stable, you know?
You’re an inspiration my friend! I am starting to think it’s going to take even longer than I thought. I was diagnosed 4 years ago and I’m still battling through med adjustment.
Thanks. I spent the first five years I was sick trying to come off meds for personal reasons and I take Geodon and I only took it at night. I got psychotic every afternoon. I still tried to work though so I understand your struggles.
I started taking the maximum recommended dose and twice a day and that changed my life.
Things will get better.
Follow love. Love is stability.
That really sucks. I also came out of the workforce this year, kinda under similar conditions and also with an understanding boss who just couldn’t “carry me” (his words) any longer. That really hurt. If it was meant to be, it would have been. Best I can offer, and which I’m doing myself, is get stable on meds and return to the workforce when you’re ready. Shoot, you get things fixed enough on your end, you might be able to get your job back, but don’t have blind hope that will happen.
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