Imagine the case that because of recent treatments for a mental health problem you cannot perform 100% as good as before. (let's say 70% or 80%) On one hand, mentioning a health issue on its own might have a negative impact on your chance to get a position. On the other hand, you have a CV and a background that reflects your performance in the past and, to some extent, misrepresents your current abilities which are not as good as before.

What is the best solution to this dilemma?

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    How would you even measure that objectively? Or account for environment factors? More than that, you can't really predict your future performance :) Commented Aug 16, 2017 at 4:10

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I don't think you are obligated to discuss health conditions with a potential employer. Your references discuss your prior work and the importance of your research program. (To the extent they speculate about future performance is irrelevant.)

Go for your dream job and work as hard as you can. Allow your career to evolve as it will. You shouldn't undermine previous effort by speculating about things that have not happened yet.

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    Agreed, about not disclosing during the hiring process; I personally think it is often helpful to make a disclosure soon after the hire is official. Along with the disclosure it would be good to mention several specific accommodations that would be helpful for you. Helpful site: Job Accommodation Network, askjan.org Commented Aug 16, 2017 at 4:13

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