Back to Work with Bipolar Disorder

Many people with bipolar disorder are able to successfully return to work once they’re on an effective treatment regimen, which typically includes one or more medications. In Bipolar Disorder for Dummies , however, we recommend that you avoid mood stressors and triggers – and returning to work, especially a demanding job, can be loaded with stressors and triggers. In this two-part series on returning to work with bipolar disorder, we offer some suggestions on how to ease the transition back to work.

Every individual and situation is different. Some people have no option but to return to work full-time and really have very little support from loved ones. Others may have a tremendous support network, an understanding supervisor, and very accommodating co-workers. Some people may even find that returning to work is less stressful than staying home, and they really embrace the opportunity to return to work.

Following are some suggestions that can ease the transition back to work:

Lighten the load at home. If you have a partner or other loved one who can relieve some of your burden at home, ask him or her to take on some additional responsibilities or chores or hire help (if you can afford it). If someone else can chip in by paying the bills, picking up the house, cooking, and making sure the kids (if any) are taken care of, at least temporarily, you may feel less stress at work.