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Old 07-18-2008, 08:14 AM   #1
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What should I tell my boss?


I've been suffering with Bipolar 2 for quite some time now and my Dr. has decided to put me on medical leave for 6 months. I haven't given her the 'letter' yet that basically states that I will no longer be able to work due to medical reasons. I just don't know what to tell her. I really don't want to tell her I have bipolar disorder but I feel really funny just saying it's due to medical reasons. I just don't want her to think it's something life threatening or anything.

Could use some help.



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Old 07-18-2008, 07:03 PM   #2
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Re: What should I tell my boss?


If you are leaving for just 6 months, I'm sure she won't assume it's life-threatening. You're not required to state your specific condition, and saying you're leaving for some medical reasons you have to take care of is just fine. She should accept that without questioning you further. If she does, you might just calmly say that you prefer not to discuss the details, but assure her that's not a permanent disability that will stop you from working altogether.

I hope this helps a bit. You might consider contacting the people with the ADA and reading up on this, perhaps ask their advice.

Let us know what you decide. I think the more low-key and matter-of-fact you are, the better.

Old 07-22-2008, 01:17 PM   #3
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Re: What should I tell my boss?

Hi guys,

Thank you for the replies. My husband actually went in for me on Monday morning and took the note in. He just told her that it was a personal medical problem and that I wont be back for 6 months. She was very good about it which surprised me because she's not the nicest person at times.

Thank you again!


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