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Questions concerning mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and other disabilities.

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Messed up job interview - need help writing an apology letter [closed]

I'm an immigrant, I moved a year ago to live in the UK. I also struggle with a combination of mental health disorders: BPD, depression and dissociation. Today I had my first job interview, and it ...
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Should I put my mental health over my new job? [closed]

First of all, some info that might be important: I'm a Web developer at a company out of ~10 people with huge customers Work there since 21st of September this year (not even 2 weeks) Boss does know ...
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10answers
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Should I be talking to HR about my struggles with stress and depression at my workplace?

I've been really, really struggling with workplace related stress and depression. Recently, my companies HR department sent out a survey to check the mental health of the company. I decided to respond ...
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Dealing with an employee's constant bad mood and lack of motivation

Company Background: We are a small logistics provider in Europe. A few months ago there's been a change in management and now I'm in charge. I've been with the company for over 5 years and quite ...
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3answers
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Dyslexia in the Workplace as an adult and lost opportunities because of it

I work in the IT field and sometimes I make mistakes and mostly its due to my dyslexia. I spell names incorrectly, incorrectly categorize tickets in the system, accidentally click on buttons I ...
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2answers
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Returning to work after 2 week medical break due to mental health issues

Background A week ago I was prescribed to take 2 weeks off by my doctor. This was/is due to mental health issues I was experiencing which got overwhelming at the time. I am still seeking and waiting ...
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4answers
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Should I tell my supervisor about my anxiety/panic-disorder?

In my studying, I got an anxiety/panic-disorder due to too much stress, because I worked too much. My current workplace is theoretically the same as in the past. While suffering under the anxiety/...
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5answers
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Is it ethical to report suspected mental health issues of coworker to manager? [duplicate]

I lead a team of consultants. Recently, I removed a colleague from the team due to performance issues. He was with the team for 6-8 weeks. I suspect he had mental health issues. A co-team lead, who ...
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1answer
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Am I able to get counselling for my self-doubt & impostor syndrome? Are workplaces allowed to fund/give you time off for that? [closed]

I am currently a Software Engineering apprentice, I am through 1 of 4 years at a company doing development where I'm supposed to be learning as I go. However, I am not performing/improving at all. Or ...
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7answers
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How do I tell my supervisor I have other engagements after my shift is over?

I have a programming job and my supervisor is quite pleased with my work. I do my work, come on time and am very professional with my supervisor. We have flex hours (a concept which I don't completely ...
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2answers
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Should I tell a recruiter I may be interested in the same kind of offer later?

I was contacted by a company for a position that doesn't interest me right now but will probably interest me in 6 months or so. Should I tell them? If yes, how should I explain it? Additional ...
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What can I say to coworkers after taking a day off for mental health, if I don't wish to reveal the mental aspect of it?

I have a mental health condition that pretty much never surfaces on medication. Sometimes though, usually triggered by some sudden change in life or conflict in relationships, the effects can creep ...
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2answers
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Previous employer possibly spreading lies about me to prospective employers [closed]

I was working in a Centre, where I became really depressed and stressed, both due to my personal situation and also because of the workload, discrimination and inequalities. I resigned after sending a ...
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3answers
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Should I include a job on my CV that only lasted 3 weeks? [duplicate]

To get everyone up to speed, here's the backstory: Back in January 2017, I went through a traumatic event which has lead to some ongoing mental health issues which I'm currently being treated for (as ...
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2answers
2k views

How do deal with being demoralized by a toxic work environment? [closed]

I've been working at an office as a software developer for a few years, and the environment has been getting progressively worse. The boss of my department has been routinely calling department ...
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2answers
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How to stop feeling useless [duplicate]

I have been working for my current company for 5 months. I work as a software developer, I also fix some bugs on the company's web if I'm asked it. Some background: I've studied IT, but nothing ...
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2answers
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I was asked for financial advice and learned that an employee might be depressed

I work late most days and as a result I've had the opportunity to converse with the night-time custodian that is assigned to the floor where my office is located. Over time, we've struck up a rapport ...
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3answers
728 views

How do I ask my boss for time off for mental health?

I was not granted vacation time this summer. My boss and my co-worker have both had two weeks off of work this summer. My boss made a random comment about taking time off because "some people" took a ...
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6answers
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How to cope with an extreme aversion to being yelled at as a professional? [closed]

Background: As the title suggests, I have a fairly severe problem with being yelled at. When it happens, I enter a state that makes it difficult to work. My mind doesn't feel like it's quite there, I ...
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3answers
2k views

Why is it such a terrible idea to resign even if your current job is making you feel suicidal? [closed]

I'm a female Software Developer, working as a provider, sitting in the client's offices, in Germany. Due to constant misogynistic attitudes(1), sexual harassment(2), and being treated as if I was a ...
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2answers
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Unclear responsibilities in consulting company in respect to HR relevant issues

The situation is a follows: I work as a senior consultant for customer projects (in Germany). Currently is one junior colleague (mainly) working with me on some projects for which I am responsible, ...
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3answers
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I couldn't go into work due to anxiety, thinking of quitting after 2 weeks [closed]

I started a new job 2 weeks ago in a recruitment company, I took less money and more hours with the hope of getting more progression and commission over time. However, since the day I stared I've been ...
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5answers
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Why is HR asking for proof of motivation for suicide?

Due to a number of deeply distressing events and generally low quality of life (unrelated to job), I recently attempted to commit suicide during work hours, in my workplace. If you're curious about ...
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3answers
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Can I take time off work with stress when not all of it is related to work alone? (London, UK) [closed]

Work is so busy for me right now and my manager is off sick for who knows how long, and I've not been told by anybody more senior what the situation is. They have told me that they will update me, but ...
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Unemployed with health issues last 9 years, how do I present myself in best light for volunteer then paid work? [duplicate]

I am a female in my 40s who has not worked for 9 years due to severe personal trauma and health issues (PTSD, depression, back/spine injury, sciatic pain & fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue). I am ...
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2answers
2k views

Should I disclose mental health to my employer?

I'm in a bit of a rut as I just came back from the medical assessment for my job and due to my depression, the medical officer did not sign my medical form which I was told was needed to complete the ...
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How to overcome application rejection sadness?

So as some of you may have seen, I'm not too happy with the company I'm currently employed at, and have begun searching for a new job in earnest. I've been applying to places, but haven't received ...
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3answers
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Medically related memory issues causing difficulty at work [closed]

I have bipolar disorder and am on a certain medication that's helping my mood quite a bit but is causing me to have black out periods where I can't recall what happened. This is affecting my work ...
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6answers
8k views

How do I talk about my health issues with my boss?

I'm technically okay, but these days, I'm becoming the weakest link on my team due to some recent health issues: Forgetfulness Memory problems Poor concentration Slow thinking It's getting harder ...
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6answers
5k views

Should I tell my boss that I'm stopping a medication that affects my mood? [duplicate]

I've been taking sertraline for about 3 years, and this year I, with the supervision of my psychiatrist, decided to stop taking it by reducing the dosage slowly. Some of the common symptoms of ...
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11answers
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Fired by an Intoxicated Boss

Last week, my boss was visibily intoxicated and told me I was fired. I asked if he was serious, and he said yes. He gave some nonsensical reason about eating too much KFC. He then rambled about how ...
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3answers
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Anything helpful to do for a socially challenged superior?

I've been in this situation in the past and it might not have been the last time (working in the tech industry, I've seen this type of behaviour also from other peoples' superiors). So I'm wondering ...
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How to handle a highly productive employee but who reacts extremely emotionally to code reviews?

I currently work with a smaller environment as a manager of a team. Everyone on the team is very talented and gets things done, but we have someone who is far above anyone I have ever met in my 40 ...
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14answers
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How to politely decline my salary due to feeling I don't currently deserve it? [closed]

I am a software engineer at a startup. I'm feeling burned out from my job and am not performing up to what I would consider par. Therefore, I do not believe it is ethical for me to accept my salary, ...
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4answers
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What can my boss do to help? [closed]

I've got a somewhat complicated situation at work. For the past three years I've been recovering from mental illness. Two years ago I was offered a job at my current employer and accepted. My recovery ...
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I told a supervisor that I'm seeing a psychologist. What repercussions should I expect and how should I handle them? [closed]

I've been seeing a psychologist once a week for over a year now and it's only occasionally directly interfered with my ability to get work done. However, there are some days where there will be a non-...
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Never had specific job titles so what should I do with my resume [duplicate]

I'm being treated for depression and I'm "cursed" with honesty. The titles I held with former employers and my specific job roles I held don't match what I want to change to. In many of the roles I'...
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2answers
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How can i convince my workmates that we need natural light in the room [closed]

We have the IT room (5mx4m) where 6 people work inside it. This room used to be a conference room, so not much time was spent there back in those days, so no complain until then. The problem is that ...
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1answer
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Policy and procedure for suicide threats [closed]

I know the companies I have worked for would support their staff during times of depression and bereavement, but is it common practice for companies to have specific policies and procedures for when ...
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3answers
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Leaving internship early for health reasons [closed]

I've been working at an internship for three months now out of a 12 month internship. These past three months have been some of the most grueling and difficult months in a long time. My boss is a self ...
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6answers
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Quitting a job after only a few days due to anxiety [closed]

I recently started a job at an organization I truly do love, but the job I was hired in for, not so much. It is a temporary position for 90 days (no permanent vacancy, they just need help in that ...
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9answers
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Should I reply to urgent emails if I am not fit for work?

Background: I am on sick leave because of my manager: mental issues, specific problem discussed with MD and HR. I am trying to stay away from work-related emails. Meanwhile, I am sick and all my ...
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3answers
7k views

Told employer I wasn't feeling well and made the mistake of answering truthfully [closed]

I like my job and I like my coworkers, but today my mental illness was getting the best of me. So after some deliberation and my attempts to bring it under control on my lunch, I finally decided to ...
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2answers
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How to Cope With Severe Mental Illness in a New Job Setting? [duplicate]

I was diagnosed several years ago with bipolar disorder, and have since been seeking help as much as possible from professional therapists and psychiatrists. I have tried a large variety of different ...
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1answer
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Should I tell prospective employers about a brain injury?

I'm re-entering software engineering in the USA after 3 years unemployment due to a brain injury. I've recovered 85-90% cognitive function, which is as good as it will ever be. Unfortunately, there ...
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Should I tell my Team Leader that I've been diagnosed with ADHD?

I received an ADHD diagnosis today from a psychiatrist. I'm not sure what I'm doing with this knowledge at the moment. Certainly, I'll be taking the medication I've been provided, and then will be ...
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What are the downsides of not informing people about being succeptible to panic attacks?

This question: Panic attack in interview: Just leave or explain? Has a top voted answer that - basically - recommends NOT telling people upfront that a person has mental health issues that result ...