The Golden Rule Provides Ethical Guidance on Dealing with Bipolar Employees Imagine that you have bipolar personality disorder and it creates special challenges for you in the workplace. The median age of onset for bipolar disorder is 25 years, although the illness can start in early childhood or as late as the 40s and 50s.
Well, according to the National Institute of Mental Health bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million adult Americans, or about 2.6% of the U. An equal number of men and women develop bipolar illness and it is found in all ages, races, ethnic groups and social classes.
Bipolar Disorder, or manic depression, is a medical illness that causes extreme shifts in mood, energy, and functioning.
According to the World Health Organization, bipolar disorder is the sixth leading cause of disability in the world.Generally, the applicant or employee with a disability is responsible for letting the employer know that an accommodation is needed to participate in the application process, to perform essential job functions, or to receive equal benefits and privileges of employment.Employers are not required to provide accommodations if they are not aware of the need.Although an accommodation request does not have to be in writing, if you are an individual with a disability you might find it useful to document accommodation requests just in case there is a dispute about whether or when the requested accommodation was made.A request in writing is a good way to document this.