Questions tagged [mental-health]

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

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How to deal with a compulsive talker during meetings?

I have a co-worker who is a compulsive talker. He constantly interrupts others and hijacks the conversation, proceeding to talk endlessly if not interrupted in turn. If left to talk by himself, he ...
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What to do when suffering from stress not related to work

I am currently under a lot of stress from different sources that are not interesting to mention on workplace but i am in a battle with myself. I feel that I am not performing well at work because of ...
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Employer asks for signs of mental health in reference checks

Six months into my employment in the UK, my current employer is now asking that I can provide a character reference from a former employer. They had received responses from a few other employers but ...
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How do you forgive/let go/move on from a bully ex employer

It’s been about 7 months since I was fired from a startup where the COO was bullying me into leaving. For instance: I was ambushed into meeting rooms a few times where he’d point a finger and tell ...
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Left a meeting without apparent reason. What to do?

What happened: I work in a big company. I left my daily standup meeting and returned to my desk before the meeting ended, without no apparent reason and with all the people wondering why. Why: I come ...
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How to approach boss about training delivered by Seniors who are knowledgeable but don't know how to train people - and impact on my mental health?

I've worked at an IT company as a consultant for a little more than a year and I currently work at a customer's office who's really happy with me. My boss put me forward for an in-house training, ...
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Dealing with possible mental health issues [closed]

I do some volunteer work for a Hacker Space, if you aren't familiar with what that is its just a place with shared tools where people can come to work on projects and occasionally collaborate with ...
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Take a lower paying job for less stress better culture, no brainer? [closed]

I got an offer to do the same work I do now for a private company, but for a public entity. The offer is lower pay, no bonus. But, the schedule will be consistent, no unreasonable deadlines, and all ...
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A manager is triggering past trauma. What are my options?

My general manager acts, speaks, and manages in a way similar to my abusive parent. This frequently triggers PTSD flashbacks. What are my options to get her to stop? Solutions I've thought of are ...
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Colleagues Ignoring me as I work Independently on my Schedule

Well, I have been to this new Job. It's been like around 5 months. The work atmosphere was the best which I ever experienced (I only worked in small companies for short periods of time due to some ...
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How to handle (one's own) old self-harm scars (on the arm), in a work environment?

My girlfriend is graduating from college right now and starting her professional career in a medium sized, rather traditional company in Germany (~12k employees world wide). While being a teenager she ...
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How to deal with a difficult boss?

I am around 2 years experienced Software Developer in a small company. I have this boss in my company who is in this company since 2001 (that's also his first company). Now he thinks that the only ...
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How much about my mental health should I share?

I've been at my current position for less than a year, after having taken some time off to go back to school and get in a new career path. I've lived with various mental health issues (varying ...
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How to reach an IT job without experience and with mental limitations?

This is sort of cry for help, not the regular question: I've always wanted to become a game developer, have been coding for 7 years from now and modelling for 2 years, but for the whole period of 2 ...
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How to handle a coworker's morbid attention seeking?

I have a coworker in my department whose morbid "sense of humor" is inconsiderate to others in the office. I find it to be disrespectful and insensitive. I don't want to get too specific with events, ...
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Can I get in trouble for being an unhappy person?

I started a new job at the beginning of December, and in those first two weeks I've had a few traumatic events happen in my personal life. I haven't necessarily been the happiest person at the jobs I'...
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ADA reasonable accommodations vs mental disability

ADA requires the employer to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities, including mental disabilities. https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/jobapplicant.html For instance, ADA requires ...
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Suspected (hypo)mania in a business meeting [closed]

I recently met 1:1 with a business mentor and potential investor whom I've met with twice previously at length and am increasingly friendly with. The previous times he's been mild-mannered, relaxed ...
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Opening blinds in the workspace

I love natural light, open blinds, and outside views while I'm working. Given the only questions I found here, I do realize I'm in the minority. In a building of 300 people, not a single blind is open....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there anything better I can say to coworkers after taking a day off for mental health, when they ask?

I have a condition that pretty much never surfaces on medicine, but sometimes does (no pattern I can tell). This happened the other night so I called out sick, just announcing I wasn't feeling well. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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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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 ...