How do I reenter the job market after dealing with bipolar?
July 17, 2010 12:34 AM Subscribe
I need a job and just found out I'm bipolar. Problem is, my mental disorders has caused me to crater every job I've ever held. Do I come clean about my job and school history, or should I start with a blank slate?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (14 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Background: Early 20's, former student at one of the leading universities in the world. Took a break once my depression started severely interfering with my performance. I went from being involved in my studies and other activities to being a shut-in that was barely able to maintain his personal hygene.
This sort of cycle has played out throughout my life. I've been fortunate enough to land a few decent jobs, but none of them have ended well. I usually end up going MIA not too long after being hired. The longest I've been able to keep a job is a month, which means that I have no references to speak of.
It's been an incredibly difficult and frustrating journey for both myself and those around me, but I think I'm finally making progress. After years of being diagnosed with depression, I was recently reevaluated and told that I actually have bipolar disorder. Assuming this is right, I should see improvement in short order, and helps explain why my current antidepressants haven't been effective.
My family is supporting me financially right now, but I've managed to run a significant personal debt while in school. That's the primary reason for wanting to get to work ASAP.
Given all of this, what would be the best course of action?
TL;DR version: Mental disorders have wrecked my academic and professional careers so far. I'm starting to get better, and need to get back on the job market. Should I explain my personal history, or start anew?