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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

Work and Mental Health

Updated: May 27, 2020

“Work” and “mental health” are connected, somewhat contradictory or polar opposites in some people’s minds. Any given day or hour that connection can change. Maintaining a brain that is more complex than work ever could be might be the key. ~ David M. Reile, Ph.D.

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FOCUS ON: Depression at Work

Keeping a job and getting help are the two goals when depression enters one’s life. Remembering that depression could be exacerbated if the worker just stays at home may be motivation for focusing on the those two goals. An employee assistance program (EAP) or supportive employer may be as important as talk therapy, meditation, or drug therapy. Read more about how to deal with depression at work.

FOR PRACTITIONERS: Who’s Afraid of Success?

Ask your clients if they are afraid of success. Such fear may be identified by talking about beliefs related to praised received, challenges avoided, and personal limits on goals. Exploring on how to overcome the unconscious obstacles that affect work and mental health will help your clients shatter their inner glass ceiling. Read More…

JOB SEARCHING: Can Mental Health Be Discussed in an Interview?

Hiring managers want to know if they can ask about a candidate’s current mental state. Obviously a lawyer is a great resource here, but the general answer is no. The better goal would be to ask about ability: can the candidate perform specific duties. Managers and job seekers should be prepared for interview questions that start with “Tell me about a time when…” Read more from

TOP TEN: Ways to Work Smarter During the Holidays

Avoiding stress during the holiday season means balancing work and leisure. Working from home, taking a mid-day break, and remembering the office holiday party is a “work party” are just a few ways to not lose steam during a full season. Read more ideas from


When a client’s presenting problem was panic attacks, it was not surprising that career counseling was an important element of service. Why? Because a thorough intake revealed that a job loss was causing relationship and financial difficulties. “Unemployment takes away part of who we are, and how we feel about ourselves,” says Chadwick Royal in his blog post. “Our work affects our mental health, and our mental health affects our work.”

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Combining paid employment with marriage and motherhood creates safeguards for emotional well-being. Nothing is certain in life, but generally the chances of happiness are greater if one has multiple areas of interest and involvement. To juggle is to diminish the risk of depression, anxiety, and unhappiness. - Faye J. Crosby
Mental illness is so much more complicated than any pill that any mortal could invent. - Elizabeth Wurtzel


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