How Does Mental illness Interfere With Work

How does mental illness interfere with work

Mental illnesses may interfere with functioning in different ways. Often, the person themselves or the professionals working with them can describe the functional limitations that are specific to your employee. Please remember that since there are a lot of different types of mental illnesses, that this is not a complete list, nor do these limitations apply to everyone who has a mental illness.

What are mental health problems and How does mental illness interfere with work?

Sadly, over 6,000 people a year die by suicide in the UK, and having a long-term mental health problem may reduce life expectancy by as many as 21 years due to associated physical health problems.

Different mental health problems affect people in different ways and it’s key to understand an individual’s experience. Diagnosis is not a definite way to understand a person’s experience. Some people with schizophrenia for example live pretty much ordinary lives, and some people with anxiety are severely impacted by their condition.

We all have times when we feel down, stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass, but sometimes they develop into a mental health problem like anxiety or depression, which can impact on our daily lives. For some people, mental health problems become complex, and require support and treatment for life.

Factors like poverty, genetics, childhood trauma, discrimination, or ongoing physical illness make it more likely that we will develop mental health problems, but mental health problems can happen to anybody.

Our research shows that most people have some experience of a mental health problem,  and the latest large-scale survey in England suggested that one in six people experience the symptoms of a mental health problem in any given week.


In many instances it’s almost worse to have an actual human-being reply. It’s always the same: “Thank you for your application. While we were very impressed by your résumé, we are looking for someone with more experience.”

It’s a vicious cycle. You apply for entry-level positions that seemingly require no experience. Then you’re told you need experience to get hired. But since no one will hire you, you can’t build any experience.

You could take an unpaid internship, but then how would you pay off those student loans?

You’re left with few good options. Ultimately, you give up on your dreams and accept a job that will help you pay the bills. You hate it, but it’s better than being out on the streets, right? Wrong.

You send out countless job applications, many of them to positions you’re far overqualified for. You write so many cover letters your head feels like it will explode. Most of the time, you never even hear back. Sometimes they are courteous enough to at least send you an automatic email response, “We have received your application.”

This sad mentality not only damages the economy in the long run, it’s also bad for your mental health and general well-being.

When the economy is tanking, employment becomes increasingly elusive. It doesn’t matter if you graduated with a 4.0 and were a star athlete that volunteered at an orphanage over the weekend.

It’s tough to be young in an economic climate like this. It makes searching for a job an excruciating process.


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