I know I suffer from endometriosis, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, cutting and plucking but no one has ever told me if I am bipolar or not. I've asked and never really got an answer. I take Paxil, Seroquel, Vistaril, Ambien and now about to start Wellbutrin... I don't ever have anger issues but I do go from either happy or calm to total freak out (crying) often. I know I am and supposed to for warn people/new doctors about my sensitivity because sometimes I passout from the "excitement". I just wasn't sure if me being on some bipolar medications if I am supposed to call myself that... ALSO... My work doesn't know about all the medications and my conditions other than me passing out in the bathroom on occasion... My doctors told me that I am not aloud to withhold that kind of information... Is that true? He is a guy... I don't know if I could expose myself like that. I mean I hate having to tell new people about my passing out as it is... My doctors are not really answering my questions with just an answer so I am just confused...
15 Sep 2011
As long as you are not in danger of losing your job if they find out and they didn't know, DON'T tell. If it is a dr, just give the names and doses of the medications, and then if they ask, tell them.This is not a hard and fast rule, but sometimes if you keep labeling yourself, people will too. No one at your work needs to know unless this is such a problem it is being discussed openly and then I think you should just tell a trusted supervisor.I have experienced something similar when I was on suboxone, I told my boss, ( a hairdresser with a huge mouth, I am a hairdresser, but I button my lip about private co worker stuff) and he told a friend almost immediately and he did NOT have permission to tell at all, he was told not to. I learned my lesson well.
16 Sep 2011
Hi, you NEED to be evaluated by a psychiatrist. Depending which country you live in this is the only person who can give a diagnosis of bipolar. There are other possibilities also, like borderline personality disorder to name one so it is important to be properly assessed. I am concerned that you have been prescribed this combination of meds if your doctor doesn't know what he is treating??? Regarding telling your boss about your medical information, until you have a diagnosis you can't give correct information as you don't know what it is. When you do, it is illegal for your boss to discriminate against you because of your mental health. If you are still continuing to do your job as required you can not be dismissed. Also your boss has a duty of care for his employees, and this includes a confidentiality agreement in almost all cases. If he breaks that confidentiality he can be at risk of losing his job or worse.
You can't help the fact the you have mental health issues so you shouldn't be judged, if anything your boss should be grateful for your honesty. I was in your position a few years ago, male boss, always came across as a bit scary, close knit team, so i was worried about my mental health being discussed within and outside the work environment. I am lucky enough to say that he took it on board, and actually helped to deal with my 'bad days'. I hope that your boss has the same attitude. Please seek advise from a psychiatrist asap, this is your first step to getting better.
18 Sep 2011
I would surely tell you Dr all your symptoms so he/she can treat you with the right meds. And I wouldn't tell anyone at work. Yes it would be illegal to fire you, but the boss could find some other reason. I don't want to be negative, but best to keep this to yourself. I have told only 1 colleague about my depression and that is enough. Be careful at work, and I agree, tell them it is low iron or low blood pressure... And always telll you psych Dr all your symptoms. She is there to help you, not to judge you. I don't know if it bipolar or severe anxiety and I am not a Dr.
Best of health to us all, PG
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