Accommodation Ideas for Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression may impact your work life. Help might be available under the law.
If you are suffering from anxiety and/or depression, you may be entitled to accommodations by your employer under the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
Generally, symptoms of depression and/or anxiety may include; prolonged feelings of sadness, loss of interest in work and other activities, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, among other symptoms. These symptoms can impact your ability to perform your job and meet performance standards. However, with the proper accommodations and support, employees may continue to work successfully.
Based on the size of your employer, individuals with a disability may have a right to “reasonable accommodations” unless doing so would cause an undue hardship for the employer.
Once the employer knows that you need or may need an accommodation, you and your employer should have discussions to determine possible accommodations.
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN), www.askjan.org, is an excellent resource for employees with disabilities and possible accommodations.
JAN lists accommodation ideas for helping to manage symptoms of depression and anxiety such as: flexible schedule, modified break schedule, rest area/private space and support animal.
Other accommodations for anxiety and depression may include allowing leave for treatment, including doctor appointments; taking steps to reduce distractions and stress or taking breaks as needed.
We are here to help and can advocate for accommodations that assist you.
If you have experienced or are experiencing disability discrimination at work or feel that you may need help getting an accommodation, contact Bertelson Law Office, P.A. at 612-278-9832 or email us at [email protected].