It is a common question about how to handle returning to work after facing an episode of depression or bipolar disorder. I have found working with clients that small progress often leads to becoming productive again.
The first step is to make sure you are mentally stable. This includes your doctor and therapist finding the right treatments to maintain your mood. It is worth taking the time to deal with the issues rather than sweeping them under the rug. Your doctor will be able to offer their advice if they feel you are ready to return to your job.
The next step is to speak with your team members. It makes sense to be open with your supervisor to determine if there are any career related tips to help you transition back to your position. You may also ask about any new projects or procedures that were implemented while you were out.
The final step is the most important. It is to remember how important you are to your team. Many clients report feeling nervous or ashamed of their mental health diagnosis. I always share that most of us go through a difficult time in our lives. The fact that you had the courage to seek help means you are moving forward.
It is often a relief and creates more hope after returning to your place of employment. I have witnessed clients rebuild their self esteem and developing more optimism. It is through simple steps that you can remain an asset to your company.