Psychiatric Disability: A Model for Assessment
The inability to work as a result of psychiatric illness whether temporary or permanent is a serious crisis. Occupational disability can become a chronic and treatment-resistant psychosocial condition. People who become disabled lose self-esteem, become discouraged, hopeless, and deconditioned, making the prospect of returning to work increasingly challenging. The longer an individual is unable to work, the less likely it is that he or she will be able to return to work.