16 November, 2022

Let’s take a closer look at the stressors that can affect those with a mental illness –

Having a mental illness can have a profound impact on an individual’s ability to function and to find and maintain employment.  Most studies show that only a minority of patients are gainfully employed on a regular basis.  A majority of individuals who are employed report job related difficulties.  Employment status mirrors functional recovery among those with bipolar disorder.

So, what are some of these stressors that make work hard to retain?

Shift work

Shift work can disrupt sleep schedules, this can also happen when you have to work long hours or irregular hours.  These frequent interruptions to your schedules can make it difficult to manage your symptoms.  Usually this causes unproductiveness in the workspace.

High stress environments

Stress work conditions with a fast-paced environment and tight deadlines aren’t advised for people with a mental illness.


Poor work performance

In one survey, 88 percent of people with bipolar disorder or depression said their condition has affected their work performance. About 58 percent of them quit working outside the home altogether.


Job-related difficulties are common and those with bipolar disorder tend to have higher rates of absenteeism from work compared with working individuals without bipolar disorder.


Work can be stressful, challenging and unpredictable.  Its not surprising that it can take a toll on those with bipolar emotionally.  Trying to manage the manic highs and depressive lows, along with the challenges of work can leave you feeling exhausted.  This often has the unfortunate effect of making the bipolar disorder symptoms worse.

A structured workplace or volunteering job with a regular schedule is often a better choice if you have bipolar disorder or any other mental illness.