Other Mental Health Conditions
Signs and Symptoms
Mental illness is not limited to depression and anxiety, it is an umbrella term used to describe the diverse range of unique conditions that affect an individual’s emotions, thinking or behaviour. Mental health conditions can range in severity and duration and can re-occur throughout a person’s lifetime due to trauma or stress.
Eating Disorders - can include anorexia, bulimia, binge or disordered eating and arise as a result of negative body perception. This often leads to extreme weight loss or gain, depression, anxiety and other health conditions.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - when anxious thoughts become repetitive it can lead to behaviours that cause difficulties in daily functioning. People with OCD often feel ashamed about their compulsions.
Personality Disorder - is a pattern of thinking or a behaviour that is inflexible and affects daily life, causing distress. The person may appear withdrawn, overly emotional, odd or eccentric and can’t control this element of their personality.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - occurs as a result of experiencing a traumatic event. Symptoms may include anxiety and intrusive thoughts or memories about the trauma, affecting their daily life.
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Affect on Daily Life at Work
» Mood or motivation may affect their relationships in the workplace
» They may be sensitive to feedback or have low confidence in their work
» They may have difficulty concentrating and managing multiple tasks
» Disrupted sleep patterns may lead to fatigue
» Can experience heightened irritability due to fatigue, low mood or anxiety, leading to aggressive tendencies
» Communicate with your employee so you understand the condition, side effects of medication, triggers and any behaviours that indicate heightened symptoms
» Provide environments that facilitate coping strategies
» Set achievable, clear goals and monitor their progress, ensuring they’re not overwhelmed
» Gain emergency contact details and understand when these should be used
» Avoid phrases like “you’ll be okay” or “toughen up” when talking to your employee
1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness each year or 45% will in their lifetime
The Black Dog Institute
When Jake first joined Castle DES, he struggled to find motivation to get out of bed or interact with people. After working with his case manager, he commenced work experience at Dominos.
Jake was supported initially for 2 weeks and then was given independence in the roll for 8 weeks. Jake was flourishing, taking pride in his appearance and his role in the workplace. Since this work experience position was so successful, Jake was placed into employment and assisted with onsite support.
Jake has just recently passed his 26 weeks of employment and has received feedback from his employer that if he obtains his license, they would consider him for a position in the Management Team.