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When should you tell your boss about your bipolar disorder?

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You don't have to talk to your boss or coworkers about your bipolar disorder. Your health is your personal, private business. But if your condition has been affecting your performance at work, being open may be a good idea. If you explain what's going on, they may be more sympathetic and helpful than you expect.

From: Bipolar Disorder and Your Job WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: , American Psychiatric Association, 2000. The Nation's Voice on Mental Illness. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). American Psychiatric Association. National Institute of Mental Health.  Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder, 2002.  WebMD Medical Reference: "Bipolar Disorder." Muller-Oerlinghausen, B. , Jan. 19, 2002. Kaufman, K. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry. June, 2003. Compton, M. , ACP Medicine.









Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth edition, Text RevisionThe LancetDepression and Bipolar Disorder

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

SOURCES: , American Psychiatric Association, 2000. The Nation's Voice on Mental Illness. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). American Psychiatric Association. National Institute of Mental Health.  Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder, 2002.  WebMD Medical Reference: "Bipolar Disorder." Muller-Oerlinghausen, B. , Jan. 19, 2002. Kaufman, K. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry. June, 2003. Compton, M. , ACP Medicine.









Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth edition, Text RevisionThe LancetDepression and Bipolar Disorder

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

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