I dont believe he is bi-polar..What are some sure signs to will let me know that he really is?

There's this person at work that says he's bi-polar, but I don't believe him. I don't want to sound negative about it, perhaps I just don't understand. At work, 95% of the time he calls in sick, or he has car problems, or his child is sick, other child is sick, he is sick, the other 5% he calls to say he is going to be late. Other jobs, he would of been fired by now, I try to mind my own business, but it affects everyone at work. This has been going on for 2 yrs. My boss doesn't do anything about it, perhaps there's more to the story that I don't know about which is why I don't want to sound judgemental or that I'm unsympathetic. He'll leave work early cuz he's got therapy or he's feeling manic. He recently filed for worker's comp too because he supposedly hurt his back at work from lifting something. I feel that he is allowed to get away with anything. Is this what bi-polar is? I'm I wrong for feeling that he is just manipulative and that he knows that he can get away anything?

Asked By: Sydney - 7/1/2006
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Under the Americans With Disabilities Act, your co-worker is entitled to 'reasonable accommodations'. He is entitled to leave work to go to therapy/doctors appointments, for this is a reasonable accommodation. He is entitled to leave work early if he feels that he is about to become manic, which is a smart move for... More
Answered By: Victoria J - 7/1/2006
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A lot of people work the system like that. It makes me mad also. A good way to tell if he's telling the truth is look at his wife or girlfriend. Is she wearing a "I'm with Bipolar" t-shirt?
Answered By: Mr. Smiley - 7/1/2006
Someone who is bipolar has an imbalance of chemicals. It can be treated with medication, but treatment must be monitored carefully because the amounts and kinds of medication may need to be adjusted frequently. Most bipolar people cycle between depession and mania. People suffering from depression often feel sick or... More
Answered By: imzadi - 7/1/2006
It sounds like this person really is bi-polar.
Answered By: cutestuff - 7/1/2006
I don't believe for a minute that this is bi-polar. Sounds more like tweakin with Meth.
Answered By: roskez13 - 7/1/2006
You have to trust him. It's none of your business unless you are a good friend, family member or significant other. quit being a busy body and do your job. in the end, you will be rewarded. every one deserves a chance to work. people with mental illness do have problems, and i commend employers who are willing to... More
Answered By: itskind2bcruel - 7/1/2006
I can't tell if he is Bipolar based on your observations alone. It sounds like something psychological is going on, but I don't know if it is or isn't Bipolar. He could be misdiagnosed with Bipolar, but may have something that is debilitating. Major Depression alone is debilitating. Add mania to that and its worse... More
Answered By: psychgrad - 7/2/2006
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