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I have a question relating to employment.

I'm a mentally ill recent college grad* looking for a job. I suffer from major depression primarily. I didn't really interview for my current job and anyway when I got it I didn't understand that I was mentally ill, so this issue didn't come up at the time for me. My mental illness primarily effects me as a worker in that sometimes I have trouble coming in on time (sometimes due to insomnia, sometimes because it's hard to get out of bed and get going) and sometimes I'm too lethargic or restless to work well (frequent breaks, low productivity) and sometimes I'm very reserved/brusque.

My question is: at what point do I tell my hypothetical boss that I suffer from a chronic illness which effects my mood and energy level? And how do I tell them? Obviously not at the interview stage. I mainly want to be open about this at least to the person/people I answer to directly so they know I'm not slacking off, that I am in fact doing the best I can, that I'm not angry at them or have a bad attitude. I feel a certain amount of shame, still, about being mentally ill, about using it as my excuse when I can't keep my commitments - it's hard to shake, and it makes it much more difficult for me to figure out how to deal with this.

Does anyone have advice about how to come out to an employer as having an invisible disability? Thank you! 

Also, I don't know how to tag this ...

*Almost. I didn't finish my thesis for, as I will say at interviews, medical reasons. Which is perfectly true, but they don't need to know it's a chronic condition.
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