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Question: Can someone with bipolar disorder safely watch my small children and can they work in a public office? Lauri

Answer: Dear Lauri,

Bipolar disorder is a type of mood disorder in which the person experiences depression and/or mania, hypomania, and/or mixed states. The duration and intensity of each mood state varies depending on the person. Fluctuating from one mood state to the next is called "cycling" and during these times, some people may have difficulty functioning.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a person with a disability is not required to disclose it unless seeking an accommodation at work. The ADA makes it illegal to discriminate against a person with a disability as long as the person can perform the essential functions of the job.

People with bipolar disorder are usually under treatment.

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