There is legislation in the United States that prevents people from being discriminated against based on an illness – and this includes mental illness. So, then, there should be no discrimination against those with bipolar disorder in the workplace. Right?
Prejudice and Bipolar Stigma in the Workplace
When you say someone has cancer, does that influence what you think that person does for a living? No, of course it doesn’t because cancer is just an illness and it could happen to everyone from a stay at home mom to a chief executive officer.
However, when I say that someone has bipolar disorder, does that influence what you think that person is capable of doing?
For many, the answer is “Yes.”
Conversation About Bipolar Stigma in the Workplace
In this video blog, I talk about bipolar stigma in the workplace and I suggest that yes, it very much does exist (Bipolar Disorder And Treatment Stigma).