Coming out as Bipolar at Work
January 7, 2011 by beautifulwreck
I was quoted in the following article, published in 2004…not so much has changed:
Working it out at work
Weighing the benefits of disclosure
Stephanie Schroeder remembers the wash of relief she felt when she told her boss she had bipolar disorder.
“I ‘came out’ to my supervisor when she kept on talking about her brother’s troubles with bipolar disorder,” says the 40-year-old New York public relations executive. “After talking with her I felt very safe. And that revelation is helping to put me in a good place if I ever have to take disability or family leave.”
Still, Schroeder admits her decision won’t necessarily work for everyone with BP in every setting: “It’s not always safe or useful for others to know. For a long time I was scared I might be fired or mistreated.”
Schroeder’s situation is a mirror image for those coping with the disorder in the workplace. In fact, this mirror has more than one side—for everyone with bipolar trying to decide how to handle their illness on the job, there are supervisors, employers and others who need to understand how to best handle the challenges and issues surrounding BP.
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