Bipolar, depression, anxiety, things like that.
What do you feel about your long-term career potential? Your life?
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- I’ve had anxiety for a long time.
It’s important to find what works for you and whatever mental health condition you may have, there are lots of options. It can be very frustrating as it’s a bit of trial and error. It took me years to get the right mix of things that work for me. Sometimes life changes unexpectedly and throws by normal management of anxiety into a tailspin, so be sure to have a plan in place for those times too.
In my case, my anxiety drives me to reach for perfection. This has helped my career in many ways, but can also drive me to exhaustion and despair when I don’t think of every single scenario and play it out to see what decision/action is best. On the whole, it’s never held my career back.
That being said, it has greatly impacted my personal happiness - which in my opinion is way more important than any career success. I think through all scenarios of any situation, no matter how small. This can be good and bad depending on the context.
As I’ve gotten older and learned to manage and harness my anxiety better, I’ve come to realize it ebbs and flows. I’m better at realizing when it’s bad and quicker to react to manage it. I’m better at using it to help me make decisions now versus letting it run wild with worst case scenarios playing out in my head. Personality wise, I have an innate desire to find the best answer or action, so pile anxiety of top of that and presto - you have a pretty good drive/ambition for a career.
It’s still a work in progress. What works for me isn’t medication (I’ve tried so many I lost count). I see a good therapist (2+ years now), meditate, eat well and workout everyday. I shut out the outside world for at least a couple hours a day. I float (sensory deprivation) and use a weighted blanket to help me sleep. Maybe some of those will help you/others. Best of luck.
- Do you pay for sensory deprivation chambers visits? I wonder what it’s like or if scuba diving is comparable. I currently scuba dive and I even went at night and it’s really dark. I’m scared of the dark but for some reason it’s not scary in the ocean because breathing under water calms me down.
- I pay for a monthly membership to a floating spa. They have pools and pods you can float in. It’s completely silent and dark, although you can easily leave a light on.
In some ways I think it would be similar to scuba diving. You’re floating in the water, there’s less distraction than on land, it’s quiet....but you have a lot of gear, the entry/exit is certainly more involved and it wouldn’t be completely free of sensory since your still visually stimulated.
For me, I need the complete reset with no stimulation for a period of time. I’m not sure scuba diving would work for me, but if you find it calms you and helps then by all means use it.Jan 91
- I’ve been to 4 therapists and they never never diagnose me for depression or they never tell me!! I know I have mild and sometimes moderate depression. I’m not sure if they can diagnose...maybe only psychiatrists and medical doctors can make such diagnosis??
Getting treatment has been extremely helpful for both my career and my personal life.
- Both CBT therapy and meds.
It took a long time to find the right meds. They helped me get the most from therapy, and now I’m done with that.
I’m still taking meds and am pretty much okay most of the time these days.
I’m currently on Venlafaxine, Lamotrigine, Vyvanse, and Adderall.Jan 80
- Amazon Avalomoremost of the engineers are waiting to be diagnosed from ADHD to multiple personailty disorder, it's just a matter of time before they go on The chaiselong.
It's not bad as long as you take your meds and not make a deal of it.