However, this process is highly stressful. What do I need PIP for? Well, the biggest problem with schizophrenia is that it makes salaried work very difficult.
Whilst working in 1999, I had an episode, my G.P. gave me a sick note with "Mental instability" on it. Within a month I was made redundant. My next job lasted until 2001 whereupon I was again made redundant. This time I had my first admission into a Psychiatric Hospital - about three months in St George's. It is a bit of a quandary, isn't it?
Fortunately I have hit on a compromise - being a part-time volunteer for Contact:-
- I.T Volunteer – tuition, support and acquisition of technical equipment.
- Run a fortnightly “Hearing Voices Group” for people affected by this.
- Act as a proof reader of Contact’s publications – newsletter etc.
- When things are quiet, I improve my skills via books and a laptop running Linux. I am renowned for my intense study and note taking of programming text books. Whilst doing that, I sometimes have a background task – making the cups of tea or coffee or staffing the phones.