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    Hi all,

    I started a new job and it went well for the 1st year. At the year end performance review my boss asked me to take on some new responsibilities. This caused me develop anxieties about being overworked and having a bipolar stress failure. This eventually led to two bouts of insomnia in a matter of 2 weeks. I have never had insomnia like this before and have addressed it with my doctor.

    My question is what do other people do to manage employer expectations at work and manage overtime?

    My doctor has offered to write a note saying I can not accept new responsibilities to manage my stress levels. Does anyone have experience with that and what are the reactions?

    Note I have not disclosed my illness to my employer.

    I would talk to the boss and say something like I have a chronic illness that can be made worse by stress, so I don't feel comfortable taking on extra responsibilities at this time. I'm worried I may get sick and that's no help to either of us.
    Pressure makes diamonds....


      Hello Dpcan and welcome. It's been a while since I last worked in a management position. The stress played havoc with my illness (bipolar). I do know some people who have done well although they have bipolar. I like Gossip's reply. Take Care. paul m
      "Alone we can do so little;
      Together we can do so much"
      Helen Keller


        Welcome to the forum Dpcan. I like Gossip's response too. It gives enough information to make a request not to be given extra work.

        Humans punish themselves endlessly
        for not being what they believe they should be.
        -Don Miguel Ruiz-


          Hi dpcan,
          Congrats on a good performance review! My personal approach is usually transparent and direct communication. However I am a little more cautious now that I am living with Bipolar II. If you have a medical letter on file your employer is legally obligated to accommodate you. That’s the employment law in Nova Scotia. You may want to check the law in your province if you are not in NS. Based on that, I would recommend getting a letter in your HR file at work.
          good luck!

          can you tell me what a Bipolar stress failure is and where I can learn more about that term?