Wow I am so sorry for the nut that is sitting next to you!! ;-) lol. Well unfortunately some BP people can bring others down and have what my father and I call, "The bad jello" all around them. They put everyone down with their depression. Every BP patient is different in that respect and if they are confident and in tune with their disorder then things like what your co-worker is doing would not be happening. But every person is different.
As I do understand what he is going through, I find it very unprofessional on his part to bring his personal problems into the workplace. I would feel very uncomfortable if I had to work around someone who is as unstable as him. I wish I could give you more infomation on trying to make things easier on you, but I can't. He is probably very depressed and he thinks it is okay to talk to you about
his problems. But the only thing I can think of is talking to your supervisor or boss about
the problem in a professional way. It may seem like you are whining but I think that if it is interfening with your work or your ability to think (which it is!) I believe that you do not need to work in that situation.
Hope this helps!
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Past: Depakote, Lexapro
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