Five Awesome Job Ideas for People With Bipolar Disorder

What Are Some of the Best Jobs for People With Bipolar Disorder?

Jobs for people with bipolar

Many of us who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder have difficulty maintaining gainful employment. After all, having this illness is a full-time job by itself – one that requires medication, therapy, and regular doctor appointments.

Medication side effects, mood swings, low energy, mental confusion, and social anxiety can make it challenging to perform in a traditional job setting. Plus, bipolar disorder causes an emotional and mental instability that is not well-received in corporate America. The culture is just too unforgiving of “people like us.”

One of the greatest struggles I have seen among those of us who have bipolar disorder is managing the illness while still making ends meet.

Many of us are on disability, but let’s be honest – it’s not enough to live on. Others do not qualify and find themselves unable to sustain a job for any continued length of time.

Whatever your situation may be, chances are you are under constant financial stress if you can’t keep a job – which only makes symptoms worse. This makes it even more impossible to work. It can become a vicious cycle.

If you have stable employment at a job you enjoy; one that pays you well and takes good care of you – bravo! If not, I want to share with you my top five best jobs for people with bipolar disorder.

Freelance Writer

Of course, this is one of my favorite jobs for people with bipolar disorder. I am living the dream as a professional writer, and I love to encourage people to pursue this profession.


Writing is my passion, and I love what I do. I focus my work on writing about mental health and addiction. I enjoy connecting with organizations who need my services. Also, I have found a niche where I can share my experience, strength, and hope with others who are seeking solutions to mental health issues. Honestly, I consider this a true blessing.

I work from home, I set my hours, and I am my own boss. Being self-employed gives direction. Helping others gives me purpose. Plus, it is a great confidence builder to know that I can be fully self-supporting using nothing more than my own bipolar brain. It also gives me control. When I have a depressive episode, I can take time off that I need to take care of myself without worrying about what the boss will think. I am the boss!

Do you love to write? If so, there are plenty of opportunities out there for you to write from home. All you need is a scoop of talent with a side of motivation. There are thousands of jobs available for writers on any topic you can imagine.

Just think about it. Everything you read on the internet – from woodworking to internet marketing to gardening, parenting, scrapbooking, cooking, and yoga (and everything in between!) – is written by someone. Many of these someones are freelance writers. You could be one too!

Entrepreneur Selling Products

There are tons of perks for running your own business. (I have already named a few). Believe me, when I tell you – there are plenty of business opportunities out there to make good money without working a full-time job. (I know because I have done many of them and made a good income in the process.)

For example, most of us who have bipolar disorder are creative geniuses. There is something about our illness that gives us a unique ability to create beautiful paintings, amazing crafts, stunning sculptures, and other unique works of art.

You can make your own products and sell them at local markets or online on sites like Etsy. In addition to art; you can make soaps, banana bread, jellies, candles or whatever your heart desires.

Next page: More jobs for people with bipolar worth checking out.

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