Jun 17, 2019 04:52 PM EDT

When You're Struggling With A Mental Health Issue Should You Let Your Boss Know?

Early in my career when I was a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, I was overwhelmed with a personal crisis that started to affect my job performance. I scheduled a meeting with my department chair, a nun with a Ph.D. in counseling. Fortunately, she understood and supported my taking a short time away from work to focus on the problem. It lightened my burden and allowed me the time I needed to get back on my feet.

Everyone can't be as fortunate to have an ideal situation where emotional and psychological support is available. But no matter what your predicament the important question remains. Under what conditions is it wise or unwise to disclose personal information when you're facing a difficult mental health challenge?

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