The majority of employees with mental illness exercise their right to remain silent (a right that ceases if you cannot safely and competently perform the basic requirements of your job). Why? In spite of growing awareness and anti-discrimination laws, the stigma of mental illness persists. A survey by Shaw Trust showed that most employers wouldn’t hire someone with a known mental disorder. However, some people find it liberating to be open with an employer about their mental health. Another benefit of opening up: If you want to protect your legal right to any accommodations you might need under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), you must disclose.
Read the entire article here: To Disclose or Not to Disclose: Mental Illness at Work