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Telling boss about mental illness can be boon to career

from Scientific American

The World Health Organization reports that mental illness is among the leading causes of disability across the globe. In a 2011 survey of more than 2,000 people, about a quarter reported experiencing a mental health problem on the job, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a British human resources agency. In the U.S., depression alone causes employees to miss 200 million days of work every year, costing employers $31 billion in lost revenue. Despite its prevalence, mental illness is steeped in stigma, and people who call in sick or otherwise fall behind at work because of mental health issues often fabricate excuses to cover up the real reason for their lapse. more

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