(Closed) how can I protect my job while I struggle with depression/ADD +medications

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’m sorry you’re going through a tough time.  But you’re getting help and it will get better.

I was in a “major depression” for several months.  I was a total wreck.  But apparently, I was a high functioning clinically depressed person.  People at work had been basically bullying me(yes, pick on the “weak” one who just went through a year and a half of hell)and continue to do so.

I had my therapist write a letter stating that I was undiagnosed clinically depressed for several months and that the behavior/treatment of my co-workers was a contributing factor to my depression. It’s dated and I’m keeping it for protection….just in case. (also, I have begun  talks with higher ups about the treatment I’ve been getting)

But, a friend in HR told me that depression can be considered a disability.  And if you are fired for your disability, your workplace can get in big trouble.  Tough to proove….

Maybe you should say something about how mental illnesses are often considered a disability and (maybe throw this in) you could probably go out on disability until you feel better. (just a thought)

Keep your chin up!  Things will get better!!

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

I got diagnosed with major depression in March last year, I missed three months of work after that. I kept my supervisor in the loop about what was going on and she was very understanding. I am a casual employee so they only get me in when they have work for me and approval for me to work, so I didn’t get to go back straight away when I felt ready to but they got me in as soon as they could afford to 🙂 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

@wabisabi:  If you’re in the US, see if you might qualify for FMLA. I believe the company needs tohave 50 or more employees, and either you’ve been employed there for a year or maybe worked a certain number of hours there over the past year. Google it and see if you qualify. It allows for up to 12 weeks of time off, and the time does not have to be  taken all at once. It can be taken intermittantly, meaning if you are able to work for 2 weeks, then need a week off to adjust to a new dosage or something, that is allowable. The trick is that the time off is not paid, and your company can make you use up all your paid time off first. So if you have paid sick days, vacation days, etc. they can make you use those up first, then you can take the FMLA time unpaid. I would not recommend going on disability unless it’s a last resort because that can cause isolation and an unhealthy focus on the depression, which could exacerbate it. (I speak from experience, my own and people dear to me).

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

i have bipolar disorder that was going untreated when i started my current job (it had been diagnosed a few years earlier). i started seeing a psychiatrist and she put me on medication. there was a major adjustment period so i told my boss what was going on. i work at a small company (about 10 employees) and i felt it was important for him to know why my behavior had been off and that i was going through tweaking this new medication. he actually told me that his brother in law has bipolar disorder so he totally understood! i’m sure some people will disagree but i think it’s important to tell your boss about it. it is considered a disability (if you’re in the US) but i agree with PP about not going out on disability for it if you can help it.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

About 4 years ago I stopped going to work for a month.  I eventually had to talk to my boss about it.  She was very understanding…and when I went back I was feeling much better.

After a move in my new job I ended up taking FMLA leave and concurrently worked with a counselor.  By the end of it I decided my employment wasn’t a good fit and was a big cause of my stress.

So, I quit.  And they told me to file for unemployment and say “lack of work.”  So I did, only I filed for “unsafe working conditions” because the lack of policies etc was causing me so much stress.  They contested and we went to court and I won because I had the dr’s backing that the job was affecting my health…I won on the other counts too, that they really did lack training and emergency procedures etc.  But the lawyer said we only needed to win on one count and that was the health.

So, take care of yourself, if you feel comfortable talk to your boss, and def keep documentation of your therapy visits.

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