For nine years I struggled with depression, resulting in repeated hospitalizations, and scraping by on disability. Life was bleak and meaningless, but long story short, I recovered enough to return to the workplace.
At work, still battling depression every so often, I managed to hang onto my position for six years without divulging my secret: mental illness. There is stigma in the workplace and taking a risk to discuss my depression, unquestionably would have cost me my job in the end, and so, I kept my trap shut.
It’s a personal decision, one that you may feel secure revealing, but what about the other person? Can they be trusted, will they empathize, or will it bite you in the butt for yearly reviews/raise/no raise?
This article in CBC News (health) is interesting pertaining to this topic.