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Discussing Psychiatric Problems at Work

Keep Quiet at Work About Mental Health Issues, Readers Say

Mental health is such a sensitive topic and seeing as a recent health survey says that half of working professionals don't know how to deal with colleagues who have mood disorders, it's clear that the stigma is still very prevalent. I asked readers if it's wise to be open about your mental disorder at work and this is what they had to say:

  • "I believe that mood disorders are something that should be kept private unless it is truly affecting your work. I suffer from two severe disorders and I have chosen to keep them to myself for a long time. Recently I have found that my boss is aggravating my disorder and now I feel I should say something. I'm nervous about what will happen but when you suffer from depression and anxiety it kills when something like work or someone not understanding makes the disorder worse." — Anonymous
  • "I think disabilities in general, no matter what category they fall under, should be kept private if possible. If it affects your work, then it is something that should be discussed with your boss, not your coworkers if these people are not your personal friends." —
  • "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." —
  • "I don't even think its always appropriate to share with friends - maybe your 'lifelong friends' who you have unshakable grounds with, but I'm afraid it could freak anyone out - especially with the names some of these disorders are given, they sound so much worse than they are." — Anonymous
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