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4 Things I Wish Employers Understood About the ADA and Psychiatric Disorders

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The statistics concerning mental illness and employment can appear bleak, at times. A 2019 research brief found on the ADA National Network website called: Mental Health, Employment, and the ADA, discusses the prevalence of those living with a mental illness who work full-time as follows: “Over 46 million adults in the United States have some kind of mental health condition, and 11.2 million adults have a significant psychiatric disability.

Mental health conditions are the most common disability in the U.S., yet there are significant disparities in employment. Only 38.1% of adults with significant psychiatric disabilities are employed full-time compared to 61.7% of adults without disabilities.

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