Regardless of how long an employee stays in a job, he or she will endure
Regardless of how long an employee stays in a job, he or she will endure many ups and downs, personally and professionally. A supportive workplace culture, comprehensive benefits, and access to Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) will help employees stay resilient through challenging times. However, individuals with mood disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Bipolar Disorder (BD) experience the same highs and lows at an intensity that can be especially difficult to work through. As workplace conversations around mental health become increasingly normalized, more people are sharing their stories of high-functioning depression or experiences living and working on the bipolar spectrum. In this context, it is important for both employers and employees themselves to understand and appreciate the impact and prevalence of mood disorders, consider what types of accommodations can be put in place, and how to combat stigma to create a truly inclusive workplace.