Monthly Archives: December 2015

Informal results of a BPD employment survey

The has a thread on employment including the results of an informal survey they shared with members of that group. The thread is here –

BPD and jobs survey
BPD and jobs survey

Almost half of the 60 people surveyed do not work.

This is not surprising – there are other posts online that talk about the frustrating cycle experienced by many people with BPD of getting a job, and then losing it or quitting.  The thread linked below at – shows just how frustrating and, depressing and defeating work and employment issues are for people with BPD.

I believe we can do better than 50% employed.  By shifting our focus and purpose to helping you start a small business or become self-employed we get past your ‘past’.

Regular employment for people with BPD is difficult

Here’s the results of a literature review on studies done about people with Borderline Personality Disorder and employment. The researchers, the Randy and Lori Sansone, both MDs, looked at “11 viable studies, published between the years 1983 and 2010”.

They go on to conclude (my bolding):

“While there are a number of general outcome studies in the area of BPD, few adequately address employment outcomes in these challenging patients. Through a literature search of the PubMed and PsycINFO databases, we were able to locate 11 viable studies after implementing practical exclusion criteria. As expected, these studies vary in sample sizes, initial recruitment sites, comparison groups (when applicable), and work-outcome variables. As a result, generalizations about patient outcomes are difficult to ascertain. In very general terms, current data suggest that approximately half of patients with BPD are unemployed at follow-up, and of those who are employed, only a portion are self-sufficient. Likewise, a substantial percentage of patients subsist on disability. On a positive note, however, some studies indicate modest improvements in occupational outcome over time, and one study found dramatic improvements with the implementation of specific programming that addressed re-entry into the workforce or school. These latter types of programs warrant further investigation, as remission from symptoms, if authentic, should correlate with positive employment outcomes.”

I provide one on one coaching to help you decide if you have what it takes to start your own business or become self-employed. Being your own boss can be challenging, but I think it’s a more viable option for people with BPD than traditional work where you have a boss and co-workers.

Contact me if you’re interested in learning more.

About Me

Hi, I’m Susan and I’m here to be helpful to you!

For a few years now I’ve been holding classes and workshops for vulnerable populations to help attendees get and keep a traditional job, but also how to become self-employed or start up a small business. In Philadelphia, I’ve worked my unique program for the US Probation Service, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and shelters for victims of human trafficking and abuse.

I’m a serial entrepreneur who mixes periods of traditional employment with entrepreneurial adventure, sometimes doing both together.  So far, I’ve started up 9 businesses in 2 countries, mostly sole proprietor operations, but I have owned a restaurant with employees.

If you have trouble keeping a job, or difficulty getting a job in the first place and want to check out a new approach that might help you, simply email me. I’m sure I can provide you important information about yourself that will help you with employment issues.

8 Reasons Being Self-Employed is Better Than Being an Employee

1. You are your own Boss
You make all the decisions. Not your parents, siblings, co-workers or bosses. Your customers have a say, of course, but how you run your business is yours to control.

2. You spend less, you can deduct expenses AND you will probably earn more money
Because you’re not driving to work, picking up dry cleaning or contributing to everyone else’s kids’ Girl Scout cookies campaign, you are saving money. Lots of it. You can also deduct your business expenses, plus expect to make more money than when/if you were traditionally employed.

3. No day is the same
People with BPD like routines, and you can establish the ones that help you be successful, but the high spot of any small business owner or self-employed person is the variety of problems you will resolve for your customers when you start working for yourself.

4. No daily workplace drama
You can control your workplace environment. When you’re not stressed out about the daily drama, you can relax and have more fun with your real friends, outside the workplace.

5. When you need time off because of the ups and downs of BPD, you can do that without feeling ashamed or afraid for asking
There’s no one to ask except yourself.

6. You set your own schedule – and it can accomodate your BPD
If you cannot get going in the morning, no problem, we can tailor your work to how you work best.

7. You create more value for yourself and others
The moment you decide on a service to offer or product to sell, you’re part of the larger employed and productive world out there. You’ll be doing more than just creating revenue, you will have stories and insight to offer your family and friends. You will be admired by family and friends for contributing to the world.

8. You choose your customers or clients.
This is what is so cool about self-employment – you pick the customers you take on, and you will learn how to pick customers who will make you successful.

Not everyone is ready for entrepreneurship, and that’s why you need to be tested for entrepreneurial aptitude. But if you have what it takes, you are going to love making money, making decisions and making it happen for you.