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It's not working

Graham Thornicroft

in Shunned

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Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780198570981
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754463 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198570981.003.0003

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

It's not working

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There is widespread agreement that work can provide a core stability and meaning to the lives of many people, and that its absence can increase the chance of becoming or staying mentally ill. Yet there is little systematic research on whether and how workplace discrimination (direct or indirect) takes place against people with mental illnesses. It is also clear that some types of mental illness can severely compromise core skills needed at work, for example, attention, memory and interpersonal relations. One survey in the USA found that people who were depressed showed impairment of task focus and productivity that was the equivalent to 2.3 days lost to work each month. At the same time little is known about the extent to which work contributes to recovery. Indeed the situation in some countries seems to be deteriorating, for example, the employment rate in schizophrenia has declined over the last 50 years in the UK’.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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