17 August 2020

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While we all experience different changes in our moods each day, some people's moods fluctuate up and down more frequently than usual

According to the Black Dog Institute, bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) is a chronic mental health condition associated with strong changes in mood and energy. People living with bipolar disorder experience moods of feeling really high or euphoric (manic) or feeling really low (depression).

The cycle of these moods can vary from person to person. These changes in mood can last a week or more, and affect our thoughts an behaviour. There are several kinds of bipolar disorder.

When someone is experiencing  bipolar disorder, their behavior and thoughts can be beyond their own control.

If you're having difficulty with emotional regulation, looking for a job could feel pretty daunting.

At APM, our Disability Employment Service consultants are experienced in finding work to suit a range of abilities, including mental health conditions.

We support a variety of health conditions through our Disability Employment Service program.


Many people who have been diagnosed have their disorder under control and continue to work and live a regular life. APM works with and seeks out employers who can make accomodations or are willing to create a role which matches your capabilities.

Having a treatment plan is one of the main ways you can thrive in your new workplace - knowing your symptoms or triggers of your manic and depressive episodes will enable you to create a structure that works for you.

There are many benefits to having a job and finding work for people living with biopolar disorder.

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Here are the top 3 reasons benefits of working for people living with bipolar disorder

1. Improved mental health

The benefits of work have close links in improving mental health and wellbeing, and people living with bipolar disorder are no exception.

On the one hand, a job could initially present some uncertainties, it could feel too 'risky'. 

On the other hand, when you know your triggers and can manage your environment, having a job can provide a calm routine and stability.

Having a purpose and somewhere to be with tasks to accomplish can boost your confidence, self-esteem, and sense of accomplishment. Over time, this can positively mitigate feelings of depression.

Research shows connecting with others especially face-to-face improves mood and reduces depressive thoughts.  Interacting with co-workers creates opportunities to connect with others and enhance emotional and mental wellbeing.

2. Consistent access to treatment

Financial strains and pressures are a common trigger to bipolar mood episodes. It can create feelings of helplessness and limited choices. Returning to work after a period of not being able to work, or while you recovered can relieve a lot of those stresses.

With a bolstered income, you can have regular access to the healthcare and medications needed to manage your bipolar disorder - day-to-day or as you need them in line with your treatment plan. With this will come an improved understanding of your moods and triggers.

Moreover, it will allow you more freedom to do more of the activities that bring a sense of peace and enjoyment to your life.

3. Greater sense of accomplishment

A sense of belonging and purpose is a priceless benefit of work.

People living with bipolar disorder can be unfairly stigamtised in some workplaces; this lack of understanding also presents a great opportunity for an employer to consider disability awareness and ettiquette training as part of employee on-boarding.

Having a level of responsibility at work is very healthy. Fulfilling responsibilities and achieving tasks creates a sense of value and self-worth, and regularly accomplishing tasks and learning new skills keeps you busy.

In balanced doses, the mental exertion of being busy with work can help with sleep regulation and eliminates the opportunity to partake in some destructive or risky activities, which can trigger bipolar mood episodes.

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If you're feeling uncertain about the possibility of encountering triggers to mood changes at a new workplace but still want to find a job, speaking to someone at APM Employment Services can help.

Our consultants can put you in contact with companies or organisations that support a positive environment and flexible hours or consistent schedules.

They can work with you to find employment where adjustments can be made to maximise your productivity according to your needs.

Call APM Employment Services today on 1800 276 276 or email apm4jobs@apm.net.au

Author

Cindy Parsons

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