[Life Path/Career Advice Filter]: How can someone a person with diagnosed depression work in the field of human rights and social justice?
A few years ago I was diagnosed with depression or mild bipolar disorder (not quite sure which really). I take meds and have to keep track of my current mental state so I can stop myself from sliding into a bad depressive state. I also have Nonverbal Learning Disorder
which is related to the depression. It makes some types of work challenging for me (like with numbers). It's really annoying, but I'm not upset about it. At this point it's just a part of my life that I have to deal with.
I also have a passion for social justice, development, human rights, etc. I love working with my hands, and I really don't like working in an office. Spending that many hours inside an office with the florescent lights exacerbates my depression, heck, I think it depresses most people. Every job has office work, I know that, I just want to minimize it if possible.
I really want to help make people's lives better, but I worry that working in the most poverty-stricken communities - where I feel the need is greatest, will just exacerbate my depression further. I've spent some time in poorer communities in Africa and Israel volunteering and learning, and it's important to me to make my life have meaning through good work.
I might be capable of working just fine long-term (or medium-term) in the communities that seem to need it most. I don't know if I want to risk my mental health too much to try and find out.
I just graduated last year from university with a major in political science and a minor in communications if that helps any. I likely will have to get a masters at some point, but that could be another question entirely.
My question is, what kind of do-gooder's career could I find -- that is mostly out of the office? And/or where should I look to find my life path? (Way existential, I know..)
Or am I just stressing too much about this and should just chill out?