Those who suffer from mental illnesses may struggle with the decision to inform their employer. The issue was recently addressed in an article by Scientific American with experts noting that most employees are wise to wait six months to one year after employment to discuss a mental illness with their employer. The reason behind the wait is twofold. Not only does the employee have a chance to prove that he or she is a beneficial member to the team, but the employee will likely have built a relationship with the employer that may ease the difficulty of the conversations for all involved.
Exactly what information is provided to an employer during this conversation is up to the worker. Those who are uncomfortable divulging details can simply state that they have a mental condition requiring certain accommodations.