Why is Mental Health Overlooked in the Workplace

People who have mental illness are often stigmatized and discriminated against because companies and employees do not understand how serious the illness can be. Early diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses can alleviate problems in the workplace and in general. If overlooked, they can lead to severe issues, including death. If you are an employer, you want to be sure you are knowledgeable about mental health disorders and how to deal with it in the workplace. Mental health challenges in workplace can also cause severe consequences not only for the employees, but for performance and productivity of the organization. This means organizational performance, staff turnover, employees’ rate of illness and absenteeism are possibly at risk. Despite if people believe mental illness is important or not, it is still constantly overlooked, here’s why: Afraid of Mental Illnesses Many people are afraid of mental health issues, or don’t even believe them as real problems because they have never experiences them first hand. This causes different reactions to mental illness situations – 47 percent of Americans feel uncomfortable even living next door to someone who has a mental illness. It’s common in families to avoid the “mental illness” topic completely, because certain families […]

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Understanding Parkinson’s Disease And Mental Health

According to the oxford dictionary, Mental illness is a condition which causes a serious disorder in a person’s ability to think and his behavioral functions. These symptoms may vary even with people having the same diagnosis. The genetic structure, the lifestyle and his or her living environment can be the deciding factors in ones lives whether one would suffer from mental illness or not. [Also read: Mental Health Conditions] According to a recent study in the United States, Parkinson’s disease is the second most neurodegenerative illness causing mental health problems like depression, hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia. Parkinson’s disease has been found in people with age groups above 50 and is a kind of movement disorder. It starts with the person initially feeling weak and then gradually getting to reduction of voluntary movements such as stiffness of limbs and difficulty in walking. Others may even notice tremor of head or hands. These physical aspects of the disease are its defining characteristics of Parkinson’s disease. However, apart from just physical aspects PD has a greater effect considering the patient’s “quality of life”. Depression is one of the most common psychiatric or mental illness found in PD patients. A few of the many symptoms used to diagnose depression are […]

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