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How Mental Health Affects Work

Finley has many mental illnesses such as DID, PTSD, Anxiety and Depression. Finley also works close to 40 hours every two weeks.

How does mental health affect working?

Mental health makes it harder to work but, in most cases, not impossible. I have Depression and for me what I do at work helps. Although, given we have PTSD, that can change in an instant unfortunately. I am only going to speak from my own personal experience. We have DID which means we went through childhood trauma and now have a fragmented mind due to that. We'll make a different article completely about DID because this article alone could be about that.

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PTSD and Work

PTSD affects working in many ways. One of the ways it affects us is if we get triggered we have to take a quick break. Not every place will allow this and not every place will accommodate for mental or even physical disabilities when it comes to working. However, that's a topic better suited for someone else as we don't really have any physical disabilities. We get triggered easily by loud Noises especially if we're not expecting it. That's not uncommon or unheard of when it comes to PTSD. We manage to not get triggered at work due to work being something that relieves stress, again this can change. We've also had bad anxiety about losing this job because it has been helping us which has made us triggered if we're late or if we miss work at all. The PTSD comes from losing a job previous to this one for our health.


We also have DID, as mentioned at the beginning, and that ties in to PTSD. DID for lack of wanting to explain it in this article is basically child-onset PTSD. This affects us because we have trauma and triggers that stem from childhood. Again, we're going to explain this better in a different article. DID affects us working because different alters can front than the ones who know how to do the job. A little could front and not know what to do because of triggers.

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Depression and Work

Depression affects us working in many ways. Sometimes we feel too fatigued to get up or sometimes we just start crying at random things and have a depression moment. With Depression there's many symptoms and they all can affect working. We also have migraines from all the stress that builds up. This can be extremely debilitating. We'll get a migraine, take an aspirin or ibuprofen and rest for two hours then throw up. It's like sad clockwork how it happens every time. Sometimes the two hours rest isn't even enough and we'll have the migraine for days.


To get back on topic of Depression, you might also just not feel like working. While working is important your mental health is also extremely important. Never put your mental health on the line for a job because you deserve to be happy and healthy.

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