Recently, I’ve come out on online as having Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder, which is called Schizoaffective Disorder. I’ve been diagnosed for awhile now but I have to be honest I’m a little ashamed of my diagnosis. People are afraid of Schizophrenia. People think Schizophrenics are violent, when actually they are more likely to be the victim of a violent crime. When I was considered Bipolar 1, a lot more people understood (or thought they understood) what exactly that means.
I have taken my medicine faithfully every day since my first hospital stay at the end of August 2009. I have had bouts of psychosis since that very first time even while on medicine, but no where near as severe. Right now I am on a pretty good combo of medicine and I don’t really have breakthrough symptoms. Honestly my biggest issue is the combination of mental illness and chronic pain and the difficulty it causes with keeping my house clean. My personality could be described as “flat” and people that don’t really know me assume I’m in a bad mood even when I’m not. Sometimes it’s hard to get in the shower everyday. Not because I don’t care about personal hygiene, but just because it is difficult to find the motivation. Sometimes I get paranoid, but I fact check with my husband about what I’m thinking. I have diabetes, and I don’t have a way to know if it’s my weight or my medicine that caused it (seriously). My meds keep me pretty stable though and I don’t mess with them.
Work From Home
I have come a long way since I first got sick. I feel strong enough to contribute to our income through freelance writing and my blog, www.jessietyler.com. My biggest tip for anyone disabled looking to work from home is to research “blogging” or “work from home” on Pinterest. You will find many blogs dedicated to that very subject, besides my own. Read absolutely everything you can get your hands on. Do not be sucked in by expensive courses. Most of the information is available for free on the internet, it’s just a matter of being dedicated enough to find it.
I’m also in the works to go back to school. I have tried college twice but never graduated, but now I think I can do it. I plan on majoring in Journalism or English to make more work from home opportunities available to me. It’s never too late to go back. You can also check with Vocational Rehabilitation in your state to see if you qualify for assistance going back to school based on your disability.
Benefits of Blogging/Work From Home
If you are disabled, you may have a lot of free time on your hands. Writing and blogging three or five times a week gives you a structure to your life. You have things you need to accomplish on any given day. It gives you something to plan your life around.
You may want to make money from blogging or even write a book through your blog. Writing and blogging give you an opportunity to set goals. Goals are a way to measure progress. Goals make you push yourself to do better. Goals improve your life.
If you’re anything like me, you might need some help in the organization department. Creating an editorial calendar is really fun for me. I have to plan things in advance and organize my thoughts and plans for what to write about.
Writing helps you communicate with others. It’s good to improve your writing skills for a lot of aspects of your life. As a disabled person, you may occasionally have to advocate through yourself through writing. It’s a good skill to have and one I use quite often. Best to keep those skills sharp.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, writing and blogging is a creative outlet. It’s a way of expressing yourself. It helps me get things out. I have to brainstorm. I have to take photos, choose fonts, and design my website.
Jessie Tyler is a freelance writer and blogger. You can view her work on her blog at, www.jessietyler.com. You can also find her on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/jtylerwrites) Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/jtylerwrites) Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/jtylerwrites) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/jtylerwrites). She writes about mental health, work at home for people with disabilities, her life with her emotional support animals (4 awesome parrots!), and product reviews.
Normally I write more of a lead in for my posts. I like to provide some context. Unfortunately this last week I’ve been hospitalized, myself for my chronic pain issues and unfortunately all the lucid time I have is being committed to client work. I’m extremely grateful to Jessie for being willing to contribute content on a topic that I feel so strongly about, and I look forward to editing this post to do it more justice when I’m back at 100%.