Our expert says:
Sadly, yes, some companies and bosses are irresponsibly ignorant about many categories of illness, and don't take them as seriously as they should, though I think they could be usefully pursued through law if they acted with prejudice.
This is worth discusing properly with your psychiatrist whop has made the diagnosis and knows more about your particular problems and the likely future outlook.
One useful way to look at this issue is to think about whether the illness will be likely to reveal itself - a mild depression, for instance, may not seriously interfere with your ability to do your work, you may well be able to keep it confidential On the other hand, if the illness is likely to be serious and might reveal itself at work, it could be useful to discuss it privately with your boss and the HR dept, explaining that you wish it to be kept confidential, and will work to ensure minimum interference with your work.
If as you say your manager is not an understanding person, is there an HR person you can talk with ?
I'm worried that you say you cannot go to a shrink because you cannot state what it is that bothers you - please don't let that limit you. IN this situation it is extremely important tjhat you see, be assessed by, and discuss all aspects of treatment, outlook, and managing the illness, with someone with the right sort of expertise to do this well.
Good shrinks are trained and experienced at helping you talk about whatever is troubling you. And if you have perhaps had a previous bad experience with a shrink or any doc, please don['t let this put you off - in any field of work some folks are not awfully good at it, but then we must just shrug and try another.
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