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In What Ways Can Bipolar Disorder Impact Someone’s Workplace Performance?

In What Ways Can Bipolar Disorder Impact Someone’s Workplace Performance?

If you’ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder (BPD), you may feel unsure of what this means in terms of your career. Signs of BPD can really emerge at any age, and people typically seek treatment when their symptoms begin significantly affecting their daily life. BPD is a manic-depressive illness that involves mood swings; manic episodes typically involve little required sleep, feelings of euphoria and loss of touch with reality, while depressive episodes often involve low energy, low motivation, and a loss of interest in activities that one used to enjoy. BPD is treatable, however, and medication can greatly reduce the severity of symptoms you are experiencing.

In your workplace, you may feel as though components of your job fit appropriately with your wants and needs – or you may feel a complete disconnect. On some levels, bipolar disorder can make the workplace more challenging for a person, while other times it’s simply not the right fit. According to the International Bipolar Foundation (IBF), there are several factors you should consider in your workplace if you have BPD:

  • How supported are you?
  • Does your work require overnight energy or extended hours? If so, you may need to rearrange your schedule so that you can get the sleep you need for your recovery.
  • What kind of people are around you at work? If you have people whom you can rely on to delegate tasks or discuss concerns with you, you may have a workplace conducive to your recovery.
  • Do you have opportunities to thrive and be creative? As an upper-level professional, creativity can be found in decision making, project ideation and implementation, and more. Consider the ways in which you can find this component in the work you complete every day, even if it’s something small.

For someone with BPD, unpredictable moods and stress from internal and external pressure can trigger symptoms. Thus, it’s important that a working professional has resources to support them in their journey to recovery, as well as their continued success in the workplace. Treatment for BPD often includes psychotherapy (both individual and group levels), medication, and activities such as experiential therapy, music therapy, writing therapy, and more.

If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center to learn more about treatment programs to best suit your needs. It’s never too late for you to begin your journey to recovery.

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