Does My School Or Workplace Have An Obligation To Make Special Accommodations For Me If I Have An Anxiety Disorder?

Question: Does my school or workplace have an obligation to make special accommodations for me if I have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder?

Answer: Mental illness is protected under the Disabilities Act, just like other disabilities and physical illnesses. So yes, you do get some compensation and some dispensation for having a psychiatric illness. You want to be careful not to take advantage of that. And you want really to try to be honest and open with your employer and the school, so that you can get the support and accommodations you need.

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