Is it a good idea to tell your boss about your anxiety?

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I'd say my manager is quite friendly and has a good relationship with all her employees. I've always been an anxious person but it's only recently that my anxiety if affecting me more than ever, my workplace isn't causing me to feel anxious but it's now being affected.
I'm a college student and work once a week, sometimes cover during the week and I feel like some of my actions/behaviour is due to my anxiety but I'm not sure if I should say something
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I'd say my manager is quite friendly and has a good relationship with all her employees. I've always been an anxious person but it's only recently that my anxiety if affecting me more than ever, my workplace isn't causing me to feel anxious but it's now being affected.
I'm a college student and work once a week, sometimes cover during the week and I feel like some of my actions/behaviour is due to my anxiety but I'm not sure if I should say something
Yes, you should speak to them. There could be adjustments made to help you. Anything you tell her will be in confidence and will not be spoken about publicly.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I'd say my manager is quite friendly and has a good relationship with all her employees. I've always been an anxious person but it's only recently that my anxiety if affecting me more than ever, my workplace isn't causing me to feel anxious but it's now being affected.
I'm a college student and work once a week, sometimes cover during the week and I feel like some of my actions/behaviour is due to my anxiety but I'm not sure if I should say something
As DrawTheLine said above, they may be able to adapt the work slightly to take the pressure off, and it will be confidential. They may also set up meetings to check on you every now and again to see if changes are helping which will make you feel more supported.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I'd say my manager is quite friendly and has a good relationship with all her employees. I've always been an anxious person but it's only recently that my anxiety if affecting me more than ever, my workplace isn't causing me to feel anxious but it's now being affected.
I'm a college student and work once a week, sometimes cover during the week and I feel like some of my actions/behaviour is due to my anxiety but I'm not sure if I should say something
Has it been medically confirmed ? Or are you seeing a professional for it ?
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No, wtf?
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(Original post by DrawTheLine)
Yes, you should speak to them. There could be adjustments made to help you. Anything you tell her will be in confidence and will not be spoken about publicly.
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As DrawTheLine said above, they may be able to adapt the work slightly to take the pressure off, and it will be confidential. They may also set up meetings to check on you every now and again to see if changes are helping which will make you feel more supported.
Thank you, i've been thinking about saying something for a while now, just not sure how to
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No, wtf?
why not?
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Has it been medically confirmed ? Or are you seeing a professional for it ?
Ive spoken to my doctor about it but not seeing anyone at the moment
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you should tell her because if anything were to happen at work (let's say you have a panic attack) then she will be able to understand you and you don't have to explain yourself later, know what i'm sayin? also, as it's been said already, if you have a disability your employer has a responsibility to make reasonable adjustments for you. my current employer actually had me fill out a form asking about my GAD and what they could do for me (not saying yours will necessarily but you wouldn't know unless you ask ).
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Ive spoken to my doctor about it but not seeing anyone at the moment
I’d say it’s risky telling them. By principle, you should because it is affecting your ability to work which the company has things in place for but it hasn’t been medically confirmed so if they asked, you wouldn’t have evidence.

But if you strongly believe the manager is a cool manager and you feel like they won’t get overly business about it then go for it. Personally I wouldn’t because you’re already only working one day out of the week. To them, it may decrease your value as an asset to this business. I struggle with anxiety too but haven’t been medically diagnosed so I know how frustrating it is but I personally wouldn’t say anything if I only work one day a week.
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(Original post by Joleee)
you should tell her because if anything were to happen at work (let's say you have a panic attack) then she will be able to understand you and you don't have to explain yourself later, know what i'm sayin? also, as it's been said already, if you have a disability your employer has a responsibility to make reasonable adjustments for you. my current employer actually had me fill out a form asking about my GAD and what they could do for me (not saying yours will necessarily but you wouldn't know unless you ask ).
Yeah i understand where you're coming from, thanks xx
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I’d say it’s risky telling them. By principle, you should because it is affecting your ability to work which the company has things in place for but it hasn’t been medically confirmed so if they asked, you wouldn’t have evidence.

But if you strongly believe the manager is a cool manager and you feel like they won’t get overly business about it then go for it. Personally I wouldn’t because you’re already only working one day out of the week. To them, it may decrease your value as an asset to this business. I struggle with anxiety too but haven’t been medically diagnosed so I know how frustrating it is but I personally wouldn’t say anything if I only work one day a week.
Okay, thank you
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I wouldn't. My work have no idea about my MH and I like to keep it that way. In this economic climate I definitely, even more than usual, wouldn't tell them. Anxiety is still seen as a weakness and you don't want to give them anything they can use against you.
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