The Impact of Bipolar Disorder on Work Performance

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The Impact of Bipolar Disorder on Work Performance

Abstract

This paper explores the symptoms associated with bipolar disorder and the effect of bipolar disorder on work performance. Several articles were explored to define bipolar disorder and the disorder’s impact on work performance, the employer’s response and the vocational rehabilitative field response.
Keywords: bipolar disorder, symptoms, work performance, co workers

The Impact of Bipolar Disorder on Work Performance

For people with psychiatric disabilities, symptoms of the disability often fluctuate between periods of remission and reoccurrence, which may interfere with workplace performance and relationships with coworkers (Banks, Charleston, Mank 2001).
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Bipolar employees who exhibit manic symptoms within the work place may appear to have an excessive eagerness to take on numerous new tasks. Employees in a manic episode may feel they are capable of any undertaking. Thus, they may pressure superiors to for assignments which they are unqualified, offer advice to coworkers despite little knowledge of the topic area, or take on far too many assignments at one time (Montejano, Goetzel,Ozminkowski 2005). During a manic episode, people are usually overly talkative and their speech may be louder and more rapid than usual. They may also experience distractibility that could be noticed in the work place as an inability to focus on a conversation or work-related task. Racing thoughts, which are characteristic of mania, may be manifested by frequent and sudden changes in topics of conversation, something referred to as flight ideas. A vast amount of individuals impacted by the bipolar disorder are of working age. Thus the disorder can affect the employer in terms of lost of productivity, financial cost, and work place stigma. Employers have reported that individuals with bipolar disorder had significantly more absences. Individuals with Bipolar Disorder missed an average of 18.9
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