I use to work at a very stressful job and my anxiety always effected my attitude at work... It's very difficult to deal with so I know where you are coming from... It effected me so much that I did not receive the raises I deserved... I was told that I had a bad attitude even though I was great at my job... I was extremely loyal, ethical, with tons of ingerity... I did my job and also my bosses when she was sick or on vacation... but because I was stressed at home I brought it to work with me and it showed through the way I spoke and interacted with other co-workers. I blew a gasket a few times at work... Once on the General Manager but because I was so good at my job they let me slide... They knew my job was stressful and that I was going through stuff at home but they did not know I had this disorder... Towards the end of my employment I told my boss and she was unstanding but said that it needed to change and I needed to get it under control or my job would be on the line. I did the best I could to keep myself under control and ended up leaving on my own about a year later. I knew that I could not stay there and continue to work in that stressful enviornment and deal with the stress at home. If you are going to tell someone at work only tell the people that need to know like your manager... because your other co-workers can be nasty and provoke you to snap just to get you in trouble, especially if they want your job!!
Tell those coworkers with whom you are comfortable with about your issue.If you can't find anyone then write everything in a diary.
Early on I used to share a lot more personal information with co-workers - that is the ones I felt had a grasp of certain mental/medical issues. With time and experience I save this for my personal friends, therapist and support groups. Especially if it touches on medication, etc. Just safer and less chance of misunderstandings. People mean well...I don't even share my issues with immediate family. Try as they may they just don't get it. Just my opinion... Lisa [/list][/size]
There are some employers who will not hire people who are open about their mental or emotional issues. Even if the current management is comfortable and understanding, it does not mean new management will come in not be as amicable. I do have a couple coworkers who know a little about my treatment for bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety. However, they have no interest in moving up the corporate ladder and hate the office politics. I have little fear of them saying something about my issues to any of our managers.
I think that's entirely up to you, and your comfort level with your disorder and your coworkers. A lot of people don't feel comfortable discussing something like that with their coworkers, but (depending on your coworkers), it can give them a much better understanding of what you've got going on, and why you may be having difficulties lately. If you feel it would benefit you, in any way, to tell them, and you're comfortable to - then do it. If not - don't. Personally, I'm a open book about my disorder. If my disorder is showing, I don't hesitate to explain to anyone why I'm acting the way I am. But I'm extroverted to a fault at times lol
20 years of dealing with this and early on I experienced job discrimination. My opinion is I have been working for another employer for those years since and have never mentioned it and have never been asked. If something comes up I am not comfortable doing I decline politely and don't make excuses. It is not my employers business. I am very good at what I do and they appreciate that by being flexible and they never ask questions. I have to random drug test and and my medication shows up but that is between me and the testing facility. The law covers me there. This is just my two cents though.
I think that's pretty private. I personally wouldn't discuss it with them. You never know how people will handle the news either. Some people don't understand psychological problems, and what do people do when they don't understand something? They make jokes. Just be careful who you give that information too. You'd be surprised at the reactions you can get
i have been dealing with this for 16 years. here is what i can say. If you think your coworkers will be accepting of it or understand it, then go for it. if not, just appologise tell them youve just been dealing with some things and hope they dont take it personal. see for me, i decided to be open with my anxiety. once i know peopel for a few months adn feel comfortable to tell them AFTER they have gotten to know me... i dont mind people knowing because ive built a rapport with them. so far so good for me. whatever.. i have anxiety. its NOT that big a deal. i have gotten more accepting attitudes than not.
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