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Untreated Mental Health Problems

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Whether we like it or not, we all deal daily with the mentally ill.  These are people at work, in the grocery store, at the drive-thru window, at the department store, at school,  and just about anywhere you go.  When you hear the term “mentally ill” what picture comes to mind.  I’d bet its not that pretty housewife next door who constantly washes the floors of the kitchen, or that teenage boy down the street who thinks about raping and killing his sister, or the nice lady at the store who checks out your groceries while hearing terrible voices telling her to hurt someone.  I’d be willing to bet you think of that homeless guy standing at the corner begging, or that bum lying in a heap in the doorway to the building downtown.

Well, I have a surprise for you.  Anyone, anywhere can be mentally ill.  The mentally ill can function, can hold jobs, can raise families, can be pleasant and superficial with strangers, know how to behave in social settings.  It is just the overtly psychotic persons who have trouble doing these things, and they are the minority of the mentally ill.  Most are simply depressed or have social phobia or are obsessive-compulsive, or have dysthymia or cyclothymia.  These are the people all around you.  This could even be you.



Mental Health
Feb 2, 2010 – 4:06:17 PM

( – BOSTON—Mental health problems affect many working people. Yet they often escape notice because these disorders tend to be hidden on the job. Mood symptoms, for example, can masquerade as physical problems such as irritability and sleep disturbances. Efforts to identify and treat mental health problems not only improve employee health, but also increase workplace productivity, reports the February 2010 issue of the Harvard Mental Health Letter.

About one in five working-aged Americans experiences symptoms of a mental health disorder in any given month. Depression, anxiety, and addiction problems are among the most common.

Because of the stigma associated with psychiatric disorders, employees may be reluctant to seek treatment—especially in the current economic climate, when they are concerned about losing their jobs. At the same time, managers may want to help but might not know how. As a result, mental health problems in working Americans often go undetected and untreated for years.

Most of the research on the costs and benefits of mental health treatment in the workplace has been done on depression. This work shows that when depression is adequately treated, companies reduce job-related accidents, sick days, and employee turnover, and improve the number of hours worked and employee productivity.

Treating mental health problems in the workplace isn’t a quick fix. But over the long term, it is a sound strategy. Money spent on mental health care represents an investment that will pay off—not only in healthier employees, but also for the company’s financial health, notes Dr. Michael Miller, editor in chief of the Harvard Mental Health Letter.

Read the full-length article: “Mental health problems in the workplace”

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