It’s important to discuss with your manager how your symptoms or side effects can affect your work and what adjustments may be helpful to minimise their impact.
While depression and anxiety have certain common symptoms, everyone’s experience is different and can change day to day, which means the adjustments required will be specific to your situation.
Think about which tasks or parts of your work day are most stressful, which tasks give you energy, and whether there's anything your manager could do differently – how they give instructions or feedback, for example.
Common adjustments include:
- work hours – if you need time off work for health appointments, ask about flexible hours
- work routines – clarify goals and write prompts, reminders and checklists to help establish a regular daily schedule
- workflow – if you need to take time off work to recover, your manager can help ensure you don’t return to a backlog of work, such as hundreds of emails and an overflowing in-tray.