Quote from Sam J.
I was going to ask how the BON knew about the hospital stays, then here came the answer. And as far as so much for the American Dream, so much also for disability acts. This is another situation in which anyone that seeks, and receives treatment for either a mental or physical issue in punished. Can't do much to encourage people not to hide in the closet and avoid treatment for fear of being 'outed'. Sad.
The ADA does not
protect you if you lose your job because of mental illness. All an employer has to do is decide that the accommodations you request for your illness pose an "undue hardship" to the company, and if you can't do the job without those accommodations, you are out of luck. This happened to me last spring; I had to go out on medical leave of absence for 3 weeks due to anxiety and mania, in lieu of hospitalization for same.
Unfortunately, I sort of bullied my psychiatrist into letting me go back to work too soon because I was getting stressed about money, and promptly fell apart again two hours into the first day back. I was sent home, then fired three days later because Corporate's office full of lawyers figured out an easy way around the ADA. The only accommodations my doctor requested were a 4-day work week, two hours per day of uninterrupted work time, and a short period where the higher-stress confrontations could be given to other staff to handle until I was better able to take them on.
The latter was the deal-breaker......they wouldn't even grant me that minor (and temporary) request. Although I'm better off now that I don't work for that company, I spent the next few months in a tailspin......the only upside to it was that I have a psychiatrist who doesn't like to hospitalize people, because I am scared to death of the hospital and will do anything I can to avoid it. I've been threatened with it a couple of times but never gone inpatient, and I'd like to keep it that way.
Anyway, I learned from this experience to keep my illness to myself when it comes to the workplace, especially in my current situation where I hold a job of considerable responsibility. That means faking it when I'm sick and doing the proactive things I can do to wrestle the beast back into submission. I keep my psych visits a secret and only tell my bosses I have a medical appointment.....they don't need to know why I have to see a doctor every month.