Should I tell HR about mental health diagnoses?

Undisclosed BLBT46
Nov 18, 2018 15 Comments

Was diagnosed with PTSD recently. My direct manager & the leadership moving up that totem pole in my business unit are super supportive. We have open pto & can work remote so utilizing both w/my mgr. I’m successfully able to meet expectations of my role this way so far & all good w/leadership; been going on for a bit now.

Should I bring up my diagnosis to HR for actual disability needs if I end up needing more accommodations down the line? Feel like I’d be putting a target on my back for a firing if I did.

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  • Tesla Hiphipnope
    HR exist to protect the company, not you. So take that into consideration when making your decision. If you don’t need anything from them now, and your manager is doing a good job, no need to add more folks to the conversation.
    Nov 18, 2018 2
    • Postmates frig
      I’ll second this. Not a mental illness, but I have carpal tunnel and telling HR just made everything worse. Forced to jump through hoops for a workers comp claim they made me start. Have to get completely re-diagnosed and tested through doctors in their network. Ugh. Was better off just making accommodations (ergo equipment, some flexible WFH days) with my manager.
      Nov 18, 2018
    • Undisclosed BLBT46
      OP
      Appreciate you sharing. Really helps solidify how to look after myself
      Nov 18, 2018
  • Amazon Jеff Bezоs
    The only mental illness that you can safely disclose to HR and get preferential treatment is gender dysphoria. Anything else will likely get you managed out.
    Nov 18, 2018 0
  • Undisclosed k7db15
    Never. HR is to protect the company. Not you.
    Nov 18, 2018 0
  • Undisclosed cOyA16
    Like others mentioned keep HR out of this . If you need to take time off and stuff then there is FMLA and for that you don't have to provide the company or the HR reasons as to why you are going on medical leave. Usually you will have to speak with an independent third party which will check to see if your reasons are valid and just let's to the organization know you are approved for FMLA. I think you are go for about 12 weeks with FMLA of which 8 weeks are paid.

    Take care! It's good that your managers are supportive.
    Nov 18, 2018 1
    • Undisclosed cOyA16
      Reach out to the benefits department and ask them who is the external company approved for FMLA .
      Nov 18, 2018
  • Undisclosed BLBT46
    OP
    Many thanks for weighing in when I can’t trust my own damn brain.

    Sounds like there’s no definite legal obligation regarding communicating this type of illness then? (In CA, enterprise-lvl tech co.)
    Regardless, will reach out to my lawyer when the sea calms more
    Nov 18, 2018 0
  • Flagged by the community.

    • New roku789
      Ignore bullshit from this guy. The world around you love you.
      Nov 18, 2018
    • POWER Engineers NtTy44
      You would LOVE me!
      Nov 18, 2018
    • Undisclosed Frk
      Just flag. This guy looks to have something more serious than PTSD going on and needs to see a doctor immediately.
      Nov 18, 2018
  • Google TC247k
    why would you tell HR though? kinda feels like you’re trying to squeeze out every accommodation and benefit the company would give you. just take whatever you need and actually helps your condition but don’t start relying on those benefits and even asking for more and keep in mind the company is doing you a favor by accommodating which is in no way obligated to do.
    Nov 18, 2018 2
    • Undisclosed BLBT46
      OP
      The thought I was working out in my head was involving HR in preparation of any needs for short term / medical leave (whatever it’s called). Been told I got a long road ahead of me to work out the mental stuff, but going said route is pretty clearly shooting myself in the foot.
      Nov 18, 2018
    • Clover Health doenfh
      The Americans with Disabilities Act requires reasonable accommodations. No one is doing you a favor OP.

      https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/accommodation.html
      Nov 18, 2018

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