Getting Back to Work After Mental Illness

Even though we have progressed immensely as a species, there are some taboos that still hold us back. Take mental illness, for example. The moment we come to know that someone has been diagnosed with some form of mental illness, we tend to shun that person, no matter how close we were to them.

Mental illness as a term is used too loosely and even people who suffer from depression and anxiety are categorized in the same class. Do you know that there are people who are getting back to work after what we perceive as mental illness? If you have suffered from some form of mental illness, it shouldn’t hold you back. Get back to work and you will see things fall in place.

Taking the first step

Yes, it would be difficult to get employed at the same place where you worked before you were diagnosed with depression or any other form of mental illness. Even if your employer is willing to take you back; you can expect your colleagues to give you those glances and talk behind your back. If you can take it without getting disturbed, then things will settle down soon enough. Everyone should start behaving normally within a couple of weeks. But the first couple of weeks could be challenging.

Get that certificate

Before you get back to work, it is important that you get healed completely. Your doctor will be more than willing to give you a certificate of recommendation. In fact, you could get in touch with all the specialists you dealt with and ask them for certificates. Once you have these certificates it is hard for someone to say that you are unfit for work.

Plan your start

You need to be clear from the very beginning about what you are capable of doing. You should be clear about what tasks you can perform and your employer should be clear about assigning you those specific tasks. There is no point beating around the bush and jeopardizing your career which you wish to rejuvenate.

Flaunt your confidence

There will be times when you won’t want to take that extra risk, thinking that your views may not be taken seriously. But this thought shouldn’t be a deterrent – if you are confident about an idea, go ahead and talk about it. Everyone makes mistakes, so you shouldn’t be treated differently, if you make one. It’s all about showing everyone that you have the confidence and belief in your abilities that are required for success.


If you are planning to look for a new job, then there is no need to mention your “illness”. If someone, in a highly unlikely scenario, asks you about your health, be upfront and tell them that you had a bout of depression, you fought it, got treated and now you are back to your best.

Getting back to work after mental illness is not as difficult as some people may like you to believe. What is going to affect you more is your own confidence. You are not a frail character if you successfully battled mental illness; you should be rather proud of your achievement. Let this sense of pride rejuvenate your career and you should soon become the star you always deserved to be.