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January 24, 2006

Bipolar disorder in the workplace

Bipolar disorder is the sixth leading cause of disability in the world, according to the World Health Organization, and depression will soon be the leading cause of sick leave in the workplace.

Awareness and accommodation from employers is crucial and yet stigma prevails. Most companies do not have a mental health policy. Employees lose their jobs over diminished functioning, while if they had flexibility to adapt to the workplace during episodes they wouldn't work incapacitated while not informing their supervisors of the issue, out of fear.

Source: Psychcentral

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