“It is estimated that only 50 to 60 percent of people with bipolar are able to hold down full-time employment. And of those who do manage full-time employment, around 90 percent report distinct periods where the illness is at odds with their work.
With employers demanding more and offering less support, it can be a struggle to enjoy your job and let your best work shine through.”
“When you go to HR, have a plan”.
“Are you going to request reasonable accommodation? What accommodations do you need — a lighter schedule, different hours, working from home?
Are you there to request time off for treatment? Be sure you have met with those on your treatment team and are clear about how much time you will need off from work.
Sometimes treatments are planned and sometimes there are mental health crises where you find yourself in an emergency room at 3 a.m. and a friend or relative has to notify your employer. This is also a part of our illness and as much as we try to plan and be proactive, it is a part of our experience,” (New Life Outlook, 2016)
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