Bipolar Disorder in the Workplace Persuasive Essay by Nicky

Bipolar Disorder in the Workplace
A discussion on how employers can assist workers who suffer from bipolar disorder.
# 148294 | 1,640 words | 9 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 09, 2011 in Psychology (Disorders) , Business (Human Resources)

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The paper reveals that individuals who have mental illness, including bipolar disorder, find that there is either a lack of understanding of their condition or a stigma attached that leads to lack of promotion and even demotion. The paper provides a literature review that shows that education and programs planned specifically to help these individuals enhances their well being and that of the company itself. The paper also confirms that Albert Bandura's approach of modeling behavior can help companies learn from other organizations that have implemented successful programs how to address this issue. This paper concludes that companies need to address the mental health issues of their employees if they wish to continually improve productivity and lower costs and provide for the well-being of their personnel.

Literature Review

From the Paper:

"Individuals who suffer with bipolar disorder (BD) have a difficult decision: Should they tell their supervisor about their illness or remain quiet? Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a disabled person does not have to disclose this information unless he/she wants a work accommodation. According to the ADA, if the person does inform the company about the condition, it is illegal to discriminate against him/her as long the job responsibilities are fulfilled. However, many times a disabled person does not get promoted, and it is too difficult to legally fight the decision."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bandura, A. (1977). Social Learning Theory. New York: General Learning Press.
  • Becker, D. R., & Drake, R. E. (1993). A working life: The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Program. Concord, NH: New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center.
  • Bond GR, Drake RE, Mueser KT, et al (1997). An update on Supported Employment for people with severe mental illness. Psychiatric Services 48:335-346
  • Fawcett, J. (2005) What do we know for sure about bipolar disorder? American Journal of Psychiatry 162:1-2.
  • Montejano, L.B, Goetzel, R.Z., & Ozminkowski, R.J. (2005) Impact of Bipolar Disorder on Employers: Rationale for Workplace Interventions. Disease Management & Health Outcomes. 13(4):267-280.

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