I'm kind of surprised that so many people consider bipolar a disability. I never would have thought about talking to the disabilities office about it, and I wouldn't consider myself disabled. (I am also bipolar, for anyone who doesn't know that already.) I'm not suggesting it's a bad idea to talk to the disabilities office, it's just something I hadn't thought about.
Chaos, I know from your posts on other threads that you definitely have effects of the BP1 that permeate your working life: inability to function consistently at certain times of day due to meds, etc. These are things that your supervisor has been quite sympathetic about, but you should realize that they are also covered disabilities. In the event, for example, that your supervisor later claimed not
to have had a verbal agreement with you about this, or not to have realized how pervasive the issue would be, it might be very important for you to have had a file already. Seriously--get a file set up with your disabilities officer.
I think that once I've been taking the meds for longer, it won't be so much of an issue. They're not going to have an effect on my productivity in the lab, because I can do lab work any time of day and it won't matter if I work, say, 10-7 instead of 8-5. The only thing that they are having an effect on is my ability to get to, for example, an 8am class, or my ability to study in the evenings (my cognitive abilities are all f*cked up when I take the meds so I can't really read and internalize anything -- I probably have grammatical errors all over the place in my fora posts after I take them as well), so it's mainly coursework that they're affecting right now as opposed to lab productivity.
I understand why it's probably a good idea to set something up with the disabilities office as a precaution, but I don't want to do that. I'm not exactly sure why
I don't want to at the moment, but I know that I don't. Probably something to do with my reluctance to accept that BP isn't something that I can control myself, and my tendency to blame myself entirely for anything the BP makes me do. I'm working on that. Maybe once I stop thinking of BP in that way, I'll be more willing to set up a file with the disabilities office.