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this situation has been ongoing for 2-3 years now. As yet, i haven't told them i suffer
depression which does impact on my work regularly, but it is coming to a situation where i am falling further and further behind which increases my guilt and depression further.
i have considered telling them re the illness, but am not sure if it is a good idea or not. ?
Well, you need to tell them about your illness so that the shortcomings at work that you have developed due to depression can be reasoned with and this will act as a shield for you for not getting into trouble with your employer, plus the sympathy will be there for you..
So, tell them about your illness , and also tell them that you are going to be alright once you are started on the medications as depression is a treatable condition with the use of anti depressant drug/ s , this will ensure your employer that your illness is temporary and can be reversed with the treatment and he would be leniant with you while assessing your work..which as you have mentioned has been compromised to an extent .
I hope this helps...
Wish you all the best...