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Dealing With Mood Disorders at Work

Is It Wise to Be Open About Your Mental Health Issues at the Office?

Having a mood disorder can make others who aren't familiar with it feel uncomfortable, and that's why there needs to be more education on it. Fifty-three percent of professionals polled say they aren't confident in their ability to support a colleague with a mental health disorder like anxiety or depression, according to a study by beyondblue and Beaton Research & Consulting.

How you act with friends is different from how you act with your colleagues, so perhaps there is no need to confide in your co-worker or boss about your struggles with your mood disorder unless it's affecting your productivity. What do you think — would you tell people at work about your mental health problems if you had any?

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GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
I am all for keeping it to yourself. If you have an illness that is costly to maintain, the company might set you up to have you fired.
BrieCS BrieCS 5 years
It bugs me that there's such a negative perception of mental illness, and such a push to keep it secret. Maybe if everyone were a little more open about it, having them wouldn't lead so many people to feeling alone, alienated, and worthless - and maybe a few less people would commit suicide or self-harm.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I think it totally depends on the work environment. It's very different for me because I currently work at my church and so most of the people I work with know about what I deal with.
testadura67 testadura67 5 years
I think disabilities in general, no matter what category they fall under, should be kept private if possible. If it effects your work, then it is something that should be discussed with your boss, not your coworkers if these people are not your personal friends.
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