Should You Disclose Depression To Your Employer?


“If I had diabetes I would probably tell my company,” Sandy says. “But I’ve never told them this.” By “this,” she means the fact that she suffers from depression.

Today, CNN tackles a huge question: If you’re suffering from depression, should you let people at your job know?

As the piece by’s Anne Harding points out, happy employees are productive employees. So it’s in a company’s best interests to make sure workers get what they need to be healthy — mentally and physically.

The problem, of course, is that a stigma surrounds mental illness. Depending on the atmosphere and environment you work in, disclosing depression (or bipolar disorder, or any kind of mental illness) can seem like asking for trouble. Your coworkers may see it as an excuse; your boss may think of you as weak, and you might even be the subject of gossip. Of course, this shouldn’t be the case. But who hasn’t worked at a company where acting human — instead of like a cog in the machine — was viewed as a flaw? Any kind of personal issues were frowned upon; nothing mattered except the work.

The thing is: The more people admit to depression and other mental illnesses, the faster these conditions would lose some of the stigma. And if your job is part of what’s making you depressed, well, at least take comfort in knowing we’ve all been there.

Depression In The Workplace: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? [CNN]

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