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Should You Tell Your Employer You Are Ill?

Should, or should you not, tell your employer that you are ill? That is a question all of us with mental illness deal, and struggle, with.

I don’t have much of a choice. My name is Elaina J. Martin and I am a highly searchable person on the Internet. I blog here. I’ve been interviewed. My articles have been featured around the web. That is okay. I am not embarrassed by my illness. It does not define; it is merely a part of my life.

But do I want to talk to my employer about it. I can’t say that it is at the top of my list of talents I’d like to present in an interview. Today social media will spill secrets you have to future employers – like the fact that you have a major mental illness. Your posts about depression. Your memes about anxiety. They are all out there for the world – including your future boss.

I guess what I am saying is that today it has become less a choice of whether or not you tell your boss, than whether or not they find out. That is up to you. There is nothing to be ashamed of if you decide to let your boss know that you are sick. Be brave, dear reader, and be authentic.

Should You Tell Your Employer You Are Ill?

Elaina J. Martin

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Martin, E. (2016). Should You Tell Your Employer You Are Ill?. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 6, 2020, from


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