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Finding a job when you have MH conditions & FND/NEAD

bluefox Community member Posts: 636 Pioneering

I've posted quite a bit about losing my job and I ultimately think that's going to happen. But when I'm better I'm worried my lifelong anxiety will get in the way of me ever working again.

I know the job centre have said there's schemes such as IPES, Remploy etc. But what other schemes can help do CV's, Interviews, Jobs.

Can you volunteer?

What can I do?


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,025 Disability Gamechanger
    I think you should concentrate on your health first and then think about working when you're feeling a little better.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • bluefox
    bluefox Community member Posts: 636 Pioneering
    My mind keeps saying “oh come on, pull yourself together”. Work helps you get better. 

    I understand that imposter syndrome could be at play here too. I mean, I can’t leave the house alone but surely access to work could help with that?  

    I don’t know. I totally understand you and think you’re right. But I have to plan for the future. 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
    There is lots of help out there like recruitment agencies , job centre , info on Internet and of course the scope support to work program 

    But I agree with poppy now isn't the time to be adding any additional stress thinking about future work get yourself better first that needs your full attention right now 
  • bluefox
    bluefox Community member Posts: 636 Pioneering
    Some of my friends keep saying to me. 

    But wouldn’t you be better if you had a routine of work etc. I’m not sure it would take all of my symptoms away. But then I don’t leave the house alone etc. so how would I hold a job down with severe anxiety. 

    Then there’s the worry of the seizures and weird whacky symptoms of FND. Chronic pain and numbness. What if it never goes away. 

    I feel so confuddled. 
  • bluefox
    bluefox Community member Posts: 636 Pioneering
    My GP is helping but as with anything, I’m sure you know that FND has so much stigma attached to it. My physio wanted to check the numbness I was getting was related to NEAD/FND but they keep telling me tests are normal. 

    This then makes me think well am I really that bad? But I know these are real conditions and some people are in wheelchairs. Luckily, I’m not. 

    As far as my mental health, I am awaiting psychotherapy. But it can take a while. 
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