Journal article

Understanding the Barriers and Facilitators to Employment for People with Bipolar Disorder

KM Filia, SM Cotton, AE Watson, A Jayasinghe, M Kerr, PB Fitzgerald



People with Bipolar Disorder (BD) consistently report a desire for employment; however, this is not reflected in employment figures. Individuals' perceptions of barriers to employment, along with endorsement of facilitators to employment remain under-investigated. We aimed to address this limitation by: (i) first examining differences in employed versus unemployed individuals (demographic, clinical, functioning); then (ii) identifying barriers and/or facilitators to employment, perception of same, and subsequent impact on employment. We assessed demographics, functioning, and illness-related characteristics in 35 participants with BD (19 employed, 16 unemployed). Participants were asked to i..

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