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    Leah

    Hi
    I like science and math but idk about pure compsci or engineering I like life sciences tho like biology but make a lot of simple mistakes and don’t want to work in real time or have to respond to emergencies when lives are on the line like nursing so I was thinking being a middle school or high school bio teacher I like it being kind of social servicy but kind of sciency but I have schizophrenia I never believed my delusions and it is managed now on medication to the point where I/m not bothered by paranoid thoughts like I was before but it has gotten worse and my meds upped over time. I’m 25 now. Point is I wonder if my employer would discriminate against me and fire me if I started hearing voices that weren’t covered by the meds also teachers are held to higher moral standards so if I did start getting delusions over the medication can cover and started believing them they would be more likely to fire me so is teaching an option for me or no? I may be able to be a social worker but the pay is low and I don’t have much social common sense to bring to the job ive always been a loner so idk if I’m capable of that

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    Leslie Joan

    Maybe you could work in a lab. It’s awfully demanding to be dealing with kids as a teacher if you are mentally ill. Forget about worrying about discrimination – focus on something that plays to your strengths. Also, can’t you talk with the career guidance people at your vollege?

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    Leah

    yeah I have an appointment set up they gave me a personality test it recommended teaching and medical stuff as well as some social work but I don’t feel middle/high schoolers are so demanding I mean social work would be demanding as much or more computer science depending on what I was working on could be more or less I think working in a medical lab would be more stressful than teaching no offense I appreciate the help

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    juliecatharine
    Juliecatharine

    I think you’re not looking at the whole picture if you believe teaching middle/high school kids is going to be low-stress.

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    Leah

    I just think its less stress than other jobs like medicine and social work, social workers deal with abusive families and suicidal people etc

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    Heather

    Sorry, but both teaching and social work are stressful.

    This link might help: http://ibpf.org/blog/finding-work-works-when-you-have-bipolar-disorder

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    Leslie Joan

    You don’t think teaching middle schoolers and high schoolers would be stressful?! Bwahahaha!! Oh, please. No. Just….no.

    And just because social work and medicine are stressful doesn’t mean that teaching ISN’T. That’s why I suggested lab work. Something that doesn’t involve working with large groups of people . But I can see you don’t want real advice, so I’m going to stop commenting here.

    Signed, the mother of a young teacher

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    dinoceros
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    Teaching is a different type of stress. I think you need to consider which type of stress is going to affect you the most. Of course, being a doctor is stressful in that you work a lot of hours, you have a lot of responsibility, you have to be calm in an emergency. I work at a university, and it’s not inherently stressful, but students and parents get angry at me a lot. I also have to make presentations to rooms with hundreds of people and if I make a mistake, someone doesn’t graduate on time. So, think about what types of stress are worse for you. Having tight deadlines? Having customers/clients/the public get angry a lot? Working long hours?

    I’m not sure exactly in what ways your employers would find out that you were hearing voices, but I’m not sure teaching would be the most accommodating in this aspect. Teachers are under a lot of scrutiny by administrators, the public, kids, and parents, so while legally, you would have rights, I’m not sure how empathetic these groups would be if it was impacting your work. Lab work is less stressful in that as long as you follow protocol, that’s that’s all they really care about. You’re not standing in front of a room of kids, who potentially are behaving poorly, and then having to deal with parents who question your decisions.

    As for engineering, I’d say to take a look into it first before ruling it out. There are a lot of ways that you can apply biology to real-world problems. You can make medical devices, lab tests, and medicines. If you feel that nursing or medicine is too stressful, what about another similar job? Occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc. There’s a lot of jobs in the health care field that aren’t doctor or nurse. Or public health.

    • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 2 days ago by avatar dinoceros.
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    Ron

    Teaching can be unbelievably stressful and it’s only getting worse as money becomes tighter, classes become larger, the focus on graduation rates keeps more bad actors in high school as juniors and seniors, and support services for socially/emotionally challenged students decrease. I have several teachers in the family and note how much tougher their jobs have been in recent years.

    Middle School and High School students can be unbelievably cruel, to each other and to their teachers, especially when they smell weakness. If you think secondary school teaching is less stressful than other work, I advise you to sign up for work as a substitute teacher in a high school or middle school. That will quickly disabuse you of that false belief. If you aren’t good with personal interactions or speaking in front of people, teaching definitely isn’t for you. I still remember a student teacher we had in ninth grade biology. We were well behaved, he was very nervous. Half-way through the first period he was actually teaching, rather than observing our teacher doing the teaching, he broke down, left the room in tears, and never returned to ours or any other classroom.

    I also have a schizophrenic adult in the family. Computer work was the best fit in this case, because it could be done almost entirely solo, with minimal need to interact with others, which was a serious problem for this person.

    Biology is a very tough field. It is really the only STEM area for which the graduates greatly outnumber the available jobs. A lot of biology majors have gone into the environmental field, but with Trump changes, I assume many of them will soon be on the street.

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    Leah

    Lol somehow this became sidetracked saying teaching is stressful when my question was about getting fired can people in the future answer that please

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    juliecatharine
    Juliecatharine

    I think if you’re incapable of listening to advice and following a thread that our time is wasted. Best of luck.

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    dinoceros
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    People have answered that too. You may want to go back and read the responses. Just because people also talked about another part of your posts that you’re not interested in doesn’t mean the advice isn’t valid. Just ignore the part you don’t like.

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