HuffPost: Should you ever tell your boss you have depression?

07 Jul 2023
Mental health challenges can seriously impact your ability to get work done and deserve accommodations. Here's how to get them.

Originally found at HuffPost

Depression is a mental health condition that affects millions of people every day. One in five people reported having been diagnosed with depression at some point in their life, according to a 2023 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And what you carry inside you at home can follow you to work, too.

“A lot of the times people just view depression as sadness, and they don’t necessarily understand how all of the other symptoms also negatively impact your work,” said Nevada-based clinical psychologist Tanisha Ranger. She cited insomnia, memory problems, low concentration and motivation, and increased irritability as some of the symptoms that could be affecting your capacity to work under depression.

...“Generally speaking, disclosure research shows that employees revealing that they have a mental illness may risk less social acceptance and inclusion from co-workers and supervisors,” Koopmann said. In a study published in the Academy of Management Annals, Koopmann and her fellow researchers found that employees commonly test the waters before deciding to share more about their mental health challenges because of this.

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