What does work look like for you? Full-time, part-time, self-employed? No work, but other means of income such as disability? And if working for someone else, do you have certain arrangements/accommodations in place?

I've always worked full-time and have the appearance of "having it together" but have struggled most of my life to stay somewhere without being overwhelmed. I'm also autistic, so that has its own set of challenges.

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

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  • mia.lilli


    I don't have the added autism challenge, so take this with a grain of salt. I have found I work best with less overhead. I was a teacher for 3 years, but since I taught art, nobody gave a shit about me, so I could work very freely. Now I do b2b sales and spend most of my day alone in my care. It gives me the opportunity to manage switches without interference from management. A lot of employers are dicks about disabilities even when they say they're accepting. Everyone supports people with mental illness until they show symptoms, ya know? So working with less overhead means less judgements in my experience. I still don't have it worked out. Right now I have no clue what I'm doing and I'm hoping someone switches in before this meeting starts in 5 minutes lol. I would work part time if I could afford it though. I think I manage switches better when there is a little less stress. I can still have my strict routine and systems of management but they're MINE and I can adapt when we need to.

    • Mirage13


      Boy, do I know of the employers that say one thing, then proceed not to follow through when someone's actually going through something. I appreciate the insight. I'm currently working from home, so that at least helps in its own way. I've quite the complicated job helping survivors of interpersonal trauma; I've been in this field for several years now and am at a pivotal point where this isn't for me anymore. Especially since the agency I work for has been going through a tumultuous time, of which has triggered the hell out of me for the past 2 years non-stop. I'm just trying to get an idea of what to do next. Hope you had some luck with that meeting! I don't think anyone has it quite figured out, but I'm glad you're finding some ways to make it work for you!

  • AlwaysTired


    I'm in a remote part-time job. They keep asking me to go full time, but I struggle enough with just part-time that I plan to stay with less hours. And I haven't told them any specifics about my disabilities. The company was rearranging things and I was going to tell my new supervisor, but when it turned out that I still didn't have a direct supervisor, I decided not to share details.

    • Mirage13


      Thanks for taking the time to respond! I can't blame you for not sharing. Sounds like there's a lot going on at your job. I was thinking of asking to go part-time because it's far too much for me as it is. Luckily, I haven't been pressed to disclose my DID like I have for my other diagnoses. Hoping I can just get by with my supervisors being understanding people. We're in a time of transition, so I'm a bit nervous when a new ED comes in.

  • Haiylee


    Part time. I work at a computer at a desk. Alone.

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