Things to consider before disclosing
Disclosure means sharing information about an illness or condition.
There are things to consider before disclosing at work:
Think about policies at your workplace
Does your workplace have a workplace accommodation policy?
Think about your relationship with your manager
Does your workplace have a diversity policy?
Would you describe your relationship with your manager as supportive and respectful?
Think about your workplace culture
If your manager were to change, what are the chances the relationship with your new manager would also be supportive and respectful?
Are differences among individuals respected and celebrated?
Think about your own needs
Are people with disabilities respected and fully included?
How are people who have a mental illness or addiction talked about? Are jokes made that make fun of people who have a mental illness or addiction?
Do you know of anyone at work who has disclosed? How were they treated by co-workers and management?
Would keeping this a secret be a burden to you?
Would sharing this be a relief for you?
Do you feel comfortable talking about your situation?