Magazine article Management Review

Managers with Psychiatric Conditions Cope Well

Magazine article Management Review

Managers with Psychiatric Conditions Cope Well

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Contrary to popular belief, people with severe longterm psychiatric conditions in managerial and professional positions are able to succeed in their jobs by employing a number of coping mechanisms and employer accommodations.

Preliminary results of a recent study conducted by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University show that these managers and professionals feel very confident about their ability to maintain their professional status. On a scale of 1 to 10, they rated themselves an 8, on average, in this regard. They also report longevity in their jobs and generally are well paid.

The study is the firstever to directly probe the views of people with psychiatric disabilities who are also succeeding in their professional capabilities.

Among the 233 participants, 30 percent have middle manager responsibilities and 18 percent have executive status. The majority have been diagnosed with severe mental illnesses, including major depression, manic depression and schizophrenia.

"This represents a large body of the workplace who tries to function well on the job without having to disclose their psychiatric illness," says Marsha Langer Ellison, coproject director of the study with Zlatka Russinova. …

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