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Re: Depression and Work

Posted by Janice on August 23, 1999, at 13:20:32

In reply to Re: Depression and Work, posted by Roo on August 23, 1999, at 7:56:55

Great topic! I agree with all of you. I never mention or talk about my disorders at work. I kind of hang them all at the door, or so I think, until I think about how under-employed I have been all my life, or how up until 2 years ago, I had only ever had part-time or job share positions - this is, of course, very clearly due to my disorders. Physically and mentally, I just couldn't do more. I've always loved going to work, I enjoy people, the routine is the best thing for my health. But since it is my livelihood, and since I have never had to tell anyone, I have never told anyone. Sometimes, if people ask why I only work part-time, I'll say it's because I'm pursuing education or some artistic endevour. Yardena, in the case you're describing, I too could have seen myself confiding in my supervisor. But my general rule of thumb is not talking about it.

Now in my personal life, or even in my 'not professional life' I'll tell anyone, that is, if it comes up naturally and I have known the person over a period of time. Whenever I have the opportunity to defend someone who is mentally ill, I do, in a casual and spontaneous way. So far I am always pleased with people's responses. Let's face it mental illness is all over the place, I see it at so many different places and in so many levels of society. I just try to do what I can without potentially jeopradizing my life in any way. Janice.




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