5 Women Share How They Disclosed Their Mental Illnesses At Work

“I’d lied many times about where I was on certain days off when really I was curled up in a ball in bed, afraid to face the world.”

May 11, 2017

This article has been re-shared from it’s original source, Women’s Health


Letting your boss know you have a mental illness can be very tricky, often triggering feelings of fear and shame. But here’s why it’s important: According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, conditions like anxiety, an eating disorder, ADHD, and depression, among others, can alter the way you think and feel, and may affect your ability to relate to others and function each day.

Thomas N. Franklin, M.D., medical director for The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt, says the ideal reaction from a boss would be support and eagerness for employees to get treatment they need in order to perform their best. “Remember that every boss has had experience with mental illness, either with themselves or in their extended family,” he says. “It’s that common.”

Of course, it’s not always going to go that way. We asked real women how things worked out (or, in some cases, didn’t) when they disclosed their mental illness to their boss, and what they’ve learned from it, so you can be prepared for any situation.