The Centers for Disease Control define chronic diseases as those that limit the activities of daily living or require ongoing medical attention, and last at least a year or more.
If you are part of the 60% of American adults to have at least one chronic disease or the 42% that have at least two chronic diseases, there are things you should know. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, companies are required to give reasonable accommodations when needed, whether that includes support from your company, scheduling flexibilities or additional instructions on assignments. If you know that your condition will affect your ability to work, you should let your boss know ahead of time. Compounding the issue, people with chronic diseases are two to three times more likely to suffer from depression.
For more on this and ways to make your work-health balance a priority, check out the resource below.