For those of you that don’t work, what specifically makes you limited in your ability to hold a job / perform job duties? I want to switch to part-time, but I want a better understanding of why SZ/SZA people have trouble working. Is it the negative, cognitive, or positive symptoms?
I haven’t worked a paid job in 21 years. And that job was only a part time job and held for only a couple of months. Before that, it was 24 years that I’ve worked a full time job. I am so out of form, for holding a job, it is not funny. I no longer have any skills or knowledge. And I am 57 and a half years old. Nearing retirement age anyway, with a bad back. Every time I have ever tried to apply for a job, I have always been turned down flat as soon as they learn how long I have been out of a job.
My trouble is mostly cognitive and negative. I have trouble with communication and I have auditory processing disorder. I have really bad avolition and can’t stay on task very well these days. I also get overwhelmed really easily.
I’m still working full time but for me, I have issues with processing what people say at times, my memory got worse than I know it has been before, and I get easily stressed.
I also have trouble with motivation and finding pleasure out of anything I do.
I just keep going because I feel I can still keep going, despite struggles at times making me reconsider working.
I love your line, @Blossom.
Lol, thank you @Gina2.
I get very suspicious of people I work with. When I work in an office, I’m just sure that everyone is conspiring against me. I start thinking the “office” set up is just a rouse to monitor me and control my time with frivolousness.
Which is bad, and made worse by the fact that I am VERY comfortable with confrontation.
I will start a fight. Maybe not a fist fight (maybe),
But I will definitely start something.
Usually I single out one person and it just devolves from there.
Every time I’ve worked in an office I’ve gotten fired in a fit of fury.
Armed with this knowledge about myself, I work from home.
Its much better for me and pretty much everyone else.
Can”t you say that you have been studying or nursing or something like that?
My problem is I can only manage a couple hours volunteer work in morning every weekday
I get breakthrough paranoia and voices about one a week and i can’t function when it happens
I also have general anxiety about getting paranoid symptoms
I feel unwell also around monthly cycle
I stopped working because at the least stressful job I could find I was still getting overwhelmed by the job. I couldn’t handle the constant contact with people. I couldn’t fake that smile anymore. I couldn’t put on that act anymore. I was done. When you get to that point you’ll know it.
Now what I want to know is how to tell when you’re ready to go back.
When I worked, I developed stress and anxiety despite it being a simple job and eventually had to quit. I get stressed by the constant attention to task and rigorous schedule. Now I’m volunteering and taking a class in order to overcome that anxiety.
I struggle with positive symptoms like paranoia and negative symptoms like flat affect. This combined with the inability to wake up early and/or work more than 15 hours a week has prevented me from holding down a job longer than a month.
I also have gone really long periods, like months and months in between work, mostly because I needed time to recover from acute episodes.
Pre-illness is a different story, I had a job that lasted as long as two years and I was a really hard worker.
inability to be quick & fast in job. -I am kinda lazy & easy going.
inability to have social skills. -I am not good with people & interaction.
inability to be always normal.
inability to comply to social norms & dress code.
well, personally , who would hire someone that is constantly hallucinating/delusional and may or may not be stable per say…
but other than that… too many point to say really…
Sleep kills me. I sleep 10 hours a night. I travel two to and from work. I eat and sleep and only have two hours to wind down. That causes me stress. I get out of whack and under stress I get paranoid. I start to wonder why people are like they are at work and it all becomes too much…
So stress is my biggest problem. I’m not like 99% of the population and I can’t compete with the normals in something like work…
I do volunteer though but rely on social security!