Get a Job!

I have been giving a lot of thought to going back to work.  My moods have been pretty even and I think I am starting to get into the proper frame of mind.  Here’s the thing. It has been four and a half years since I was on the job.  I had been working in the high tech field for thirteen years.  When I stopped working I was a “Senior Systems Engineer, Manager.”  I may have stopped working but you can bet technology hasn’t done anything but change and get more complex.  Looking back at it now, I don’t want to work at the level I was when I stopped.  I am convinced the pressure of that job played a big part in pushing me over the edge.  I do, however, want to go back to the hi tech line of work.  In conclusion, I think I need to go back to school and catch up.  I also think that going back to school will give me an idea of how prepared I really am for the working life.

Has anyone gone back to work after a psychotic break or other mental illness that kept you out of work for an extended period of time?  I’d like to hear from you.

4 thoughts on “Get a Job!

  1. I have this terrible habit of quitting every job I’ve ever worked owing to my mental illness. I envy and salute you for having the strength to maintain a job, and fully support your decision to return to work (I also support you if you decide it’s too soon to return). Best wishes, always.

  2. After my major depression breakdown, I was off work for 6 months and then part time for another 6 months. Unfortunately I was pressured to return before I was ready so I’ve struggled off and on for the three years since. Funnily enough, being off laid off work a year ago is what finally gave me the time to recover at my own pace. It’s only now that I’m feeling the energy and real wish to go back to work.
    I think it’s great that you want to go back to work and school. Because the frame of mind is, I think, essential. If you feel ready, then you probably are. My one caution would be to not expect too much of yourself, too soon. Both grad school pressures and dysfunctional workplace stresses contributed to my breakdown (yes, both at the same time and a lot of other problems all at once). So school might indeed be a good first step back. Just make sure you have some kind of plan in place to handle its own unique pressures. 🙂 Good luck!

  3. When I had to stop working I was two classes into a Employer paid Master’s degree. I think I morn the loss of that more than my loss of employment/ livelihood. Hopefully, getting some schooling as well as getting some human interaction will be a good first step to getting back to work. Thank you for the reply.

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