YOU ARE THE ADVICE COLUMNIST: My Company Won't Let Me Make Up Time Out For Therapy

What can I do? Should I come out about my mental health to HR? Should I petition to change the leave policy?

Feb 6, 2014 at 6:30pm | Leave a comment

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I need some advice. I have to start up therapy again for a previously diagnosed mental health condition. I will need to go to therapy probably every two weeks. The therapist's office is about 20 minutes away, appointments take an hour, so I will probably be spending an hour away from work. I had hoped to come in an hour early on appointment days and using my lunch hour for the appointment time, but the HR person told me that staff can't make up time by working different hours and I have to use leave. I am considering telling her about my condition and that it will be a continuing treatment sort of deal, but this woman is very hot and cold (mostly cold) towards me, and I don't particularly want to give her a reason to dislike me more. I also don't want to use my sick leave every two weeks, in case I am actually sick. I don't want to go over her head on this, but it is the kind of policy that could prevent someone (or me!) from seeking much needed mental health treatment. What can I do? Should I come out about my mental health to HR? Should I petition to change the leave policy? 

What should she do? Should she speak to HR? Let her know in the comments.

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