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Dealing with mental illness in workplace presents challenges

from Argus Leader

The signs of mental illness often are overlooked in the workplace. Advocates say warning signs are brushed off or taken as signs of poor character by managers who are unprepared to identify or cope with the complexities of mental illness. Patrick Warren, a former division chief for Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, said his descent into severe bipolar disorder and criminal misbehavior went unchecked for years. He wasn't aware of his illness and wasn't ready to admit it to himself, and he thinks holes in the system left room for his illness to fester. more

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