I need to take a leave of absence for mental health purposes. How do I bring this up with my boss? Or do I talk to HR directly? I took some time off this month due to burnout but I did not tell them that was the reason. I thought I'd be okay when I got back, but I'm not. I don't know if they will give me the leave of absence. How should I go about this?

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OP, that Partner has just internalized burnout as a part of life, don’t pay them any mind. No job is worth your health. Be aware- you may be let go with you request a leave of absence- but with that in mind do what’s best for you.

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Sorry to hear that you are going through this.

Talk to HR to see what options you have.

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Don't report it to hr or anybody till you have a Dr onboard would be my advice.

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Depends on state and company but this would offer protection and benefit and you wouldn't waste time popping up on radars or being misguided until you've figured things out.

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Yes, go directly to HR for support and see what's possible. Then bring in your manager. Though, it sounds like the work you do, company, manager, etc are part of the problem. You might likely need to just find a new job. Leave of absence will likely be unpaid unless you can qualify for short term disability.

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I’m not sure the best way to go about it, maybe short term disability? Do what’s best for you. It shouldn’t work like this, but tread lightly and don’t end up with a permanent leave

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I don't know which firm you work for, but I hope your boss is supportive. You can ask HR for policy and peocess, but talk to your boss so they don't feel sidelined and a q good chance they will support you.

You are doing the right thing by recognizing that you need a break. Focus on yourself and your mental health.

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Thank you everyone. I'm not sure they will say yes but I have to try. I'm getting panic attacks. If they say no, what alternatives do I have - quitting or sticking around and doing bare minimum/ under-performing?

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And D2 is exactly right!

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Just make sure that your therapist is an actual MD. They will require an actual doctor not a therapist to qualify this. Best of luck.

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My primary care doctor filled out all the forms and they talked to my therapist as supplementary info.

Actually I would ask for fmla paperwork and ask the doctor to fill it out. Problem is that typically mental health or stress isn’t covered by disability-no way to prove it physically.

EY1- sorry you had a terrible doctor. If you had a good one, they would have put down the correct diagnosis code and there’s no way you would have been denied.
Myself and one other person I know took STD for anxiety at different companies in different states with no issue whatsoever.

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I took a leave of absence for mental health. I was very fortunate to have a very good staffing manager and sponsor help me navigate working with HR and my case manager. I did see my doctor and get a diagnosis like a day later, but they let me start leave without it.

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