"People with bipolar disorder can experience mood swings from overly happy and excited to overly irritable and angry. The highs may last from several days to a month or more, but the lows often last longer and can be harrowingly deep. Some experts say this psychiatric condition affects about one in every 25 Americans.
Miklowitz, who earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles, says people with bipolar disorder usually adopt one of four disclosure tactics:
--Tell everyone at work about the condition, including the boss and co-workers.
--Tell one or more trusted co-workers who don't hold positions of authority.
--Don't tell anyone, but admit to having bipolar disorder on work-sponsored health insurance claims, opening the possibility that the employer may find out.
--Don't tell anyone at work, and don't use employer-provided health insurance to cover the costs of treatment for the condition. "
Old article, but after reading the "1 in 10 Wall Streeters is a Psychopath" piece a few weeks ago it got me wondering. I have a few friends on Wall Street who have mild (but still significant/serious enough to require treatment) mental illnesses ranging from major depression to schizophrenia. Of course, they have been able to keep them under control and to my knowledge haven't told their employers or made it apparent at work that they have these issues. Was wondering if anyone else had any experiences with this, personal or just secondhand. And, of the four options this article gives, what would/did you do?
Wall Street is not the best place to be working with any form of mental illness, given the nature of the business and the fact that nobody's going to want to be hiring a bipolar schizophrenic with antisocial personality disorder to manage their money. I've always been a big supporter of people with mental illness and take it pretty seriously, but I think the general stigma is still around and probably is even stronger on WS.