Finding A Survival Job with a Processing Disorder

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The Post-Industrial Age is Not Set Up For You

During my time unemployed I would scour Craigslist, seeing jobs like “⭐⭐⭐⭐ WAREHOUSE SEEKING IMMEDIATE EMPLOYEES!!!!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐” then hearken back to the food processing job with ever-present machine noise, or the housecleaning job with my supervisor telling me I wasn’t fast enough, or the stint as a driver helper, where I would try to bundle 4–5 deliveries to be more efficient, then mix them up and irritate the driver.

  1. Be fast
  2. Be efficient
  3. Filter out all input and just focus on the job.
  1. Take a gamble, apply for the job, and hope that your output exceeds the rate you’re paid. This takes a toll on your mental health.
  2. Remain jobless until you find something you can do. The also takes a toll on your mental health.

You Must Find Support that Understands You

As a man, there’s a code among other men regarding work: do it without complaint. I’m 100% on board with this in theory.

Sometimes You Have to Push Through

Panic attacks aren’t a rarity by any means…a lot of people experience at least 1 in life. Mine are a bit different — oftentimes they last days, where I only get a small reprieve about every couple of hours.

The World Still Needs You

I wish I could tell you that everything’s gonna be alright. I wish I could give step-by-step instructions on how to work in a neuronormal world as a neuroatypical. But there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution.

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