Rotating shifts (working day shift for x-number of days, then switching to night shift for x-number of nights, and then back to days again) is a blueprint for disaster for anyone suffering from any sort of mental illness. You'd be better off working straight days, or even straight nights, than getting acclimated to one shift and then throwing your system into upheaval by switching to the opposite shift.
That said, days are usually the best choice for most people with mood/anxiety disorders. Our bodies generally were not designed to function well during the nighttime hours, and for people with depression, anxiety, and so forth, working nights really upsets our natural circadian rhythms; in other words, we're fighting our own biology. That, of course, serves only to promote flare-ups of the mood disorder and make things worse.
Obviously, there are exceptions to every rule. I have a friend who suffers from bipolar disorder like me, and she cannot endure day shift to save her soul---she can't handle the noise or the constant distractions. So she's learned how to sleep soundly during the daytime by putting her cell phone
in the other room, using blackout curtains, and using a floor fan to create 'white noise' which blocks out the sounds of the daytime world. And she functions just fine at her job---in fact, she was recently offered a promotion. Unfortunately, it was an 8-5 day position, and she turned it down.
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