The hidden barrier to employment: Untreated and undiagnosed post-Traumatic stress disorder

Weili Lu, Philip T. Yanos, Brittany Stone, Giovanna R. Giocobbe, William Waynor, Ann Reilly, Carolyn Bazan

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Abstract

Persons with severe mental illness have unusually high rates of exposure to trauma as well as high rates of Post-Traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Further, research has indicated that persons with PTSD have more problems with obtaining and maintaining employment. This paper proposes that untreated and undiagnosed PTSD is a hidden barrier to employment for persons with severe mental illness. Additionally, this paper uses case examples to illustrate how PTSD symptoms negatively impact the supported employment process, and proposes a theoretical pathway and two case examples for how Cognitive Behavior Therapy may help to facilitate removing the hidden barriers to employment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-16
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation
Volume83
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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