The answer can be BOTH. Managers have often asked me how to deal with an employee who is disruptive (that does not necessarily mean all disrupters have a bipolar condition). Anxiety disorder has become one of the most common mental health conditions.
When Carol was in her manic phase, she was one of my most energetic, creative and successful employees. Carol (not her real name) would work until midnight to meet impossible deadlines she often self-imposed. The next morning, she was at it again, all while filling any potential time voids with volunteer project work.
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes intense mood swings-- often called episodes-- that can range from mania to depression. These episodes should not be confused with the normal ups and downs that most people experience, as they can have serious consequences and the condition can worsen if left untreated.
Before I begin, I want to make something crystal clear. I've always despised rules, I've always resisted structure and I've always had disdain for authority. Always have. That being said, I will now share with you how I changed this destructive wa...