Carrie wrote her first blog post for IBPF, Finding Work That Works When You Have Bipolar Disorder, in 2014. To her surprise, it became one of the most viewed posts on the IBPF blog. Based on that response, she was asked to present a webinar covering and expanding on the content of the post. She presented that webinar in April 2017. Based on some of the questions she received during her webinar, she decided to create a follow-up. In Part 2, she will focus on a number of the practical aspects of working with bipolar disorder, including whether to disclose your disability to employers, the basics of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), asking for accommodations, and coping on the job. Carrie has herself experienced prejudice and discrimination at work, as well as an inability to get needed accommodations. She hopes that in presenting what she has learned, both personally and professionally, she can help at least one person with bipolar disorder to have more success and satisfaction at work.
Carrie Elizabeth Lin, MA, LPCC is a psychotherapist and career counselor in San Jose, California. She worked for many years in the field of vocational rehabilitation, helping people with disabilities determine a good career match, build confidence, and find employment or other meaningful activities. Diagnosed with bipolar I in 1999, she is now passionate about helping others with mental health disabilities reach their full potential.