I've grappled with having a mental illness disability (schizoaffective disorder, anxiety, etc.) for many many years. Despite being on disability previously, I rehabilitated myself and got a full time job at the end of 2014, working in mental health. I got better slowly, then started grad school in social work in 2017 while working full time still. Graduated at the end of 2019! Also during this entire time, I worked as a freelance writer on mental health advocacy topics, and also maintained a Facebook mental health wellness group with a good following:
As I was transitioning into clinical work as a social worker, I ran into problems because I struggled with actual face-to-face clinical engagement. After much frustration, i got tested for autism and was diagnosed. I realize that my problems are rooted in the issue that I cannot read nonverbal communication cues, which are vital to the social work profession.
I adapted by finding a job where I can work remotely from home, writing content for the websites of mental health facilities. This is a great way to utilize my unique strengths, synthesizing them into a unique job.
I'm grateful that I found this job in 10 days during a terrible pandemic. I want to continue writing as a freelancer to inspire others, although it's hard to muster up the energy to do everything I want to do.
At the very least, I still want to inspire others to dream and reach high, so that they can make positive change in their lives as well. Yea!