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I have bipolar disorder, I won't even try to tell you how horrendous it can be to deal with. I started work for my company 5 years ago and was truthful at my interview. However, for the last 3 years I have had a bad episode each year. When it happens I get agoraphobia and am unable to leave the house, I can spend weeks/months in bed as I am even too scared to go downstairs. Sometimes I can't even see my own children. So work is definitely out of the question. The problem is I get paid sick pay. A lot of people have no understanding, one colleague stopped speaking to me as I was getting paid for being 'fed up' whilst she was doing her work and helping the team to do mine. This is my 3rd episode I am just coming out of (my worst so far). The time is coming when I should go back to work but I don't think I can face it.
I've spoke to work but they have to pay me if I'm off sick. I would rather they didn't so no one could think I'm trying it on. I don't know if this will happen again.
I could try to claim PIP but have been told my chances are slim as although it is a permanent disability, it doesn't prevent me working all the time.
I've thought about changing jobs but a) who on earth is going to employ me and b) If it does happen again, I have just given another company the same problem.
I know sick pay is an important benefit to receive from a company but I do wish there could be some discretion in certain circumstances.
What are your thoughts? Don't worry I've gone way passed the stage of being offended, lol. I would just like to hear some other perspectives or if anyone else has the same type of problem.
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