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Should You Tell Your Employer About Your Mental Illness?

We all know what “coming out” means, but what if we shifted our thoughts on that? Mental illness, whether we like it or not, still has a social stigma attached to it. So what happens if a person decides to “come out” at work as having depression or schizophrenia or social anxiety — or any number […]

We all know what “coming out” means, but what if we shifted our thoughts on that?

Mental illness, whether we like it or not, still has a social stigma attached to it. So what happens if a person decides to “come out” at work as having depression or schizophrenia or social anxiety — or any number of diagnosis? Is that worker protected against any repercussions? Will their job trajectory stall? What about co-worker reactions? Is it really worth it to “come out” with a mental illness at work?

We talk it over with Larry Stuart of Stuart PC, who specializes in employment law, and Dr. Mike McClam, program manager of Menninger Clinic’s Professionals in Crisis Program.

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