Should I Tell My Boss About My Depression?

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.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/mental-illness-in-the-workplace-ask-for-help-early-lawyers-say-1.3093618

6 thoughts on “Should I Tell My Boss About My Depression?

  1. Naomi says:

    I applaud you for getting off disability & going back to work. I want to know how you did it. I’ve been trying for a year now. Every time I get just a little extra pocket change, someone is taking it away from me. Or I don’t qualify for some of the services, because I make to much money on disability. I would love to know what services you used that helped you. I’m most grateful for any advice out of poverty.

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    • cherished79 says:

      This was not easy. I had to become well enough to first decide if I could handle going back, get clearance from my psychiatrist and take the leap from the big decision of going off disability government payments monthly and onto working every day pay. I knew it would be a risk, but I was getting so restless and bored at home, not using my brain (except for my writing), but I truly did not realize what was ahead for me. If you’d like to take a peek at my posts on my entry into the workforce it might explain that it was not easy peasy! https://cherished79.wordpress.com/2009/11/22/brown-bagging-it-part-1/
      There are 3 parts in total. On huge thing that was the most difficult was, I had no support from professionals along the way when I started the first few days who could have at least talked to me and guide me when I was in panic mode returning to work – a mentor of sort. Hope this help. 🙂

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