Psychopathology in the Workplace: Recognition and Adaptation

Psychopathology in the Workplace: Recognition and Adaptation

Psychopathology in the Workplace: Recognition and Adaptation

Psychopathology in the Workplace: Recognition and Adaptation


In recent years empirical studies, informal surveys and firsthand observations have all confirmed the increasing prevalence of psychopathology among our active workforce. As clinicians and employers have started to recognize that continuing to work is important for recovery, there is a growing need for a comprehensive treatment of the subject of psychopathology in the workplace. This book, written for students, practitioners, and employers responds to these needs by providing an encompassing three-part approach to these issues. Part 1 explores the interplay between psychopathology and various workplace environments, and provides an overview of the assessment and diagnosis of these disorders. Part 2 describes major forms of psychopathology commonly found in the workplace, and includes illustrative case studies. Part 3 discusses environmental and managerial interventions, and details steps that organizations can take to accommodate and motivate those with mental health needs. A unique collection of work, this text represents the most inclusive resource on the issues surrounding psychopathology in the workplace.


Our book will fill a unique niche. In recent years there has been widespread recognition that many people who experience psychopathology are in the workforce, that it is important for these individuals' recovery that they remain in the workforce, and that it is in employers' best interest to keep such individuals employed. This recognition is bringing modification in practice, yet there are few resources for students to use to learn how to deal with this manifestation of psychopathology in the workplace. Therefore, with Psychopathology in the Workplace: Recognition and Adaptation we provide students in psychology, psychiatry, counseling, social work, and human resources with the background knowledge they need to contribute to this new aspect of practice.

We divided the book into three parts. Part I, Overview, provides the foundation of the interface of psychopathology and the workplace and presents a model of psychopathology, work, and life stressors, and the basics of assessing psychopathology. Part II, Categories of Dysfunction, describes the major forms of psychopathology that are most likely to be found in the workplace. The forms are livened with an actual case illustration. Each chapter in Part II follows the same general format to ensure cross-chapter consistency. Part III, Environmental and Managerial Interventions, consists of chapters that detail actions that organizations can take to accommodate persons with mental health needs, strategies to motivate and lead employees, and techniques to promote positive mental health. With twenty-one chapters, the book can stand alone in a one-semester course or may be used as an adjunctive text for general psychopathology.

Preparing this book was an enjoyable adventure over the past couple of years. Its development was enhanced through the efforts of several people to whom we owe our sincere thanks. Johan Rosqvist and Garen Weitman provided cases, and Katie Winder provided economic data for Chapter 1. Our graduate students Alison Brodhagen, Tamara Tasker, and Cynthia Polance were extremely helpful in gathering information for the indices. We thank Dr. George Zimmar, our editor at Brunner-Routledge, for understanding the value and the need for this project. Finally, Carole Londerée was a superlative editorial assistant throughout this project, reminding us all of the important deadlines that we needed to meet. We are most grateful to her.

Jay C. Thomas
Portland, Oregon

Michel Hersen
Forest Grove, Oregon . . .

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