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Should You Keep Your Mental Illness a Secret at Work?

Should You Keep Your Mental Illness a Secret at Work?

It’s bad enough that most health insurance companies will gladly discriminate against you for having a pre-existing mental illness, such as bipolar disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But what about other people, like your coworkers? Will they still treat you the same if they knew you had a mental illness?For those of who’ve been working in mental health advocacy for years, it seems unimaginable that there are companies or workplaces where the sharing of your mental health concern would be detrimental. After all, coworkers share their physical ailments with one another all the time.CJ Laymon, writing over at The Atlantic, tells the eye-opening reality. First, that insurance companies will still regularly to provide coverage to those with a mental illness, because it’s a “pre-existing” condition: Last winter, I was declined by five health insurance companies. I am 26, do my preventative screenings like clockwork, and have no physical health problems. [...]Five applications and four declines later, I anxiously awaited my last and final letter. The verdict came: Declined. Reason: Bipolar II/ADHD. How sad is it that despite the law of the land that you can’t discriminate against a person with a mental illness, insurance companies have still found a loophole to do so with their “pre-existing” condition clauses.

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26 Aug
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