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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How much does my boss have to know regarding my major depression?

    My employer is requesting information about a work matter while I am off sick. What can I say to them without risking being sacked for not fullfilling their request?
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  • Alysha Coleman

    Clinical Psychologist, Counsellor, Psychologist

    Alysha is the Primary Clinical Psychologist and Director of The Institute for Healthy Living, a clinical psychology practice in Bondi Junction. Alysha has worked with … View Profile

    Depression is recognised as an official illness. When you go to the Doctor, they assess your symptoms and offer treatment options; just as they would if you were suffering from a bacterial infection. If your symptoms are interfering with your ability to be at work, it may be in your best interests to be honest with your boss. If you are concerned that your boss may not understand the difficulties you are experiencing, direct them to The Black Dog Institute or Beyond Blue websites for useful information. 

    When deciding whether you can fulfil their requests, keep in mind that staying engaged in activities that give you a sense of enjoyment or mastery (achievement), is an important component of pulling yourself out of the grips of depression. 

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