It was a pretty weird moment when I revealed, after giving a brief overview of my extensive and eclectic career, that I have Bipolar Disorder during an interview for a high-level position at a foundation that funds research about mental illness.
The interviewer, the hiring manager, missed about two beats and then thanked me for “being so forthcoming” and later said that I must be extremely high functioning if I’ve accomplished all of what is on my resume. I don’t know what kind of “corporate culture” this organization has, but surely this woman has met individuals with various mental illnesses who have jobs, families, friends, and other things going on in their lives(?)
I was kinda surprised at her silent shock about the whole thing. This organization, of all places, seems like a a good fit for a mentally ill person such as myself, a “cause” I can get behind, and also a very good job.