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Bipolar Disorder : the severe shift of mood @ Work

Oct 28 2019 • Written by Smriti Mishra

~ Smriti Jha


Also known as manic depressive illness the Bipolar disorder is a condition that brings depression and drastic changes in mood, energy levels, and in the performance of work. The extreme shift in the mood is really hard to manage at the workplace and, indeed, it’s a great challenge!

People who are working with such mental illness often have difficulty in the workplace. The symptoms are unavoidable and this interferes a lot in work-life balance. In addition to the personal problem of irritation and depression, the person develops an inflated ego at the work. This precisely can be seen as a hindrance for work performance and productivity.



Study says


AS per the one study by Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) almost nine out of every 10 people with bipolar disorder said the illness had affected their job performance. The employees also feel less motivated by the employer and they face slow growth in the organization.



The employee should discuss @ work

Prior discussion for leaves and offs required for the treatment and appointment will be very helpful to ensure the organization that absenteeism is not your choice it’s a need rather!

Rx letter from your treating doctor for this disorder will help to let know the management about the genuine case. Try to be sure to emphasize the management or supervisor about how their understanding will help you become a more productive employee.




What employers should know about the manic and depression disorder @ work

Understanding the employees facing Bipolar disorder and break the ice with a healthy and empathetic conversation, an employer can win the employees confidence and, also retain the employees for a longer run. Knowing Bipolar closely will help to bring a positive cognitive behavior therapy that builds bonding and camaraderie in the team.





Those facing such disorders reflects majorly two types of mood-episodes i.e. manic and depression.



There are four types of bipolar disorders recognized as Bipolar I, Bipolar II, Cyclothymic, specified and non-specified bipolar and related disorders. Though symptoms are similar in all types of Bipolar their severity varies.


Treatment methods?

Bipolar disorder can be treated with treatments such as mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, antidepressants, and anticonvulsants. It ensures that along with the medication, proper psychoeducational and family communication interventions are significant.


A prior conversation is a wise idea

One really does not necessarily tell at work that h/she has bipolar disorder. But it certainly is helpful to have a conversation with your seniors and reporting manager. This will help when you need to take a break or off from work for lots of appointments or in time of illness.  As an employee, you will not leave the boss surprised or furious by your absenteeism at work.





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