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  • Tse, S.S., & Walsh, A.E. How Does Work Work for People with Bipolar Affective Disorder? Their higher-than-average level of education, and qualities like lateral thinking, can make people with bipolar disorder highly valued workers. These qualities may be of no use to people living with bipolar disorder, if bipolar disorder symptoms and episodes are not well managed. Very often, the scholastic achievements of persons with bipolar disorder don’t match their occupational activities and often they are unemployed. Occupational therapy targeting work for people with bipolar disorder may help them manage their illness and develop vocational maturity. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11823884
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  • Hale, S. Employment Experiences of People with Bipolar Disorder. The experience of a manic episode at work strongly influences how people with bipolar disorder then deal with their illness in the workplace. Detecting warning signs of an impending manic episode and enacting a plan that would protect one’s job from the aftermath of mania becomes a critical goal. This may be tricky, especially if early symptoms of heightened activity are seen as beneficial in the workplace. https://circle.ubc.ca/bitstream/handle/2429/38196/ubc_2011_fall_hale_sandra.pdf?sequence=1
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  • Bowden, C.L. Bipolar Disorder and Work Loss. Bipolar disorder may seriously affect  abilities to find and maintain employment. Job difficulties are common for people with bipolar disorder, for example high unemployment and absenteeism. Programs teaching job-seeking skills, or logistics support may help people with bipolar disorder to find employment. Adherence to medication and psychosocial intervention may help persons living with bipolar disorder regain employment status. The fact itself of holding a job for people living with bipolar disorder may improve quality of life. http://www.ajmc.com/pdf-access/10967/1
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  • Bowden, C.L. Help your Bipolar Disorder Patients Remain Employed. Addressing work-related topics may be critical in treatment of bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is likely to impact work, and negative outcomes are possible: difficulties to handle job responsibilities, stigmatization, and sometimes job loss. Not having a job may worsen health status. Medication and psychosocial interventions may be key in redefining the occupation of a person with bipolar disorder to better facilitate their stability and independence. Author uses case studies to illustrate. http://www.currentpsychiatry.com/home/article/help-your-bipolar-disorder-patients-remain-employed/9edde7b69de682dbc601b434405a8008.html
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  • Michalak, E.E., Yatham, L.N., Maxwell, V., Hale, S., & Lam, R. The Impact of Bipolar Disorder Upon Work Functioning: A Qualitative Analysis. This paper explores the variety of factors that can make or break a career. Critical points in the workplace are: absence of stigma, ability to disclose one’s condition at work, deriving meaning and identity through work, and keeping a routine in all aspects of life (whether at work or at home). Stigma, and the difficulty to disclose one’s bipolar disorder condition at work seemed prevalent. Social support can make a huge difference for job outcomes of somebody living with bipolar disorder. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1399-5618.2007.00436.x/abstract
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  • Brohan, E., Henderson, C., Wheat, K., Malcolm, E., Clement, S., Barley, E., Slade, M., & Thornicroft, G. Systematic Review of Beliefs, Behaviours and Influencing Factors Associated with Disclosure of a Mental Health Problem in the Workplace. Employees disclosing a mental illness at work are fairly likely to experience repercussions from it, even though one must consider that concealing one’s condition can be a source of stress too. Authors give insights into complex issues around disclosing, or not disclosing, a mental illness at work. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-244X/12/11
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  • Hergenrather, K.C., Rhodes, S.D., & Gitlin, D.J. Consumers with a Bipolar Disorder: A Theory-based Approach to Explore Beliefs Impacting Job Placement. Job -placement professionals have a unique knowledge of the obstacles people with bipolar disorder have to overcome to gain access to a job and stay employed. The major obstacle to employment is non-compliance with medications and the course of bipolar disorder can itself negatively influence work abilities and skills. In many cases, people with bipolar disorder have limited knowledge about their condition; they may benefit from understanding their diagnosis and using self-management strategies. http://www.questia.com/library/journal/1G1-262787275/consumers-with-a-bipolar-bisorder-a-theory-based
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  • Tse, S., & Yeats, M. What Helps People with Bipolar Affective Disorder Succeed in Employment: A Grounded Theory Approach. A job can act as a rehabilitation tool for a person in the recovery phase of bipolar disorder. During early recovery times personal factors are especially critical while aiming to re-engage in work: sense of determination, work abilities, personal beliefs, health-status, etc. A comprehensive, holistic understanding of the multifaceted impact of work on people with bipolar disorder may be key for short and long term recovery. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12454350
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