In any year, approximately 7 percent of the American workforce experiences a major depressive disorder.1 Even in the simplest of cases, returning to work after a mental health absence can be challenging due to an infinite number of variables that can interrupt the recovery process, including complex work interactions. As I’ve mentioned previously, helping an […]
Dr. Jeff Guardalabene is driven by understanding people’s stories and backgrounds. Prior to receiving his doctorate in clinical psychology, Jeff worked for 13 years as a producer for public television developing national stories for programs, including NOVA, FRONTLINE and the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.
Jeff’s interest in interacting with people and unraveling case-file puzzles fuels his enthusiasm as a mental health case manager. In his role, Jeff connects with employees who are out on a disability claim to help them overcome their obstacles and return to work. In addition, he consults with nurses, vocational staff, doctors and analysts to help them understand an employee’s medical records and behavioral health diagnoses.
Jeff has held numerous roles in the behavioral health field; he has worked as a consultant for a disability assessment organization, staff psychologist in a college counseling center, teaching doctoral-level classes at two universities, and as a psychologist in private practice. He received his Bachelor of Psychology from Portland State University, and his master’s and doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacific University’s School of Professional Psychology.
Posts by Jeff Guardalabene
Mental health conditions are an often misunderstood but all-too-real concern for many employers. As I’ve mentioned before, the impacts of an employee with a mental health condition in the workplace can go unrecognized, but employers can play an important role in mitigating or reducing the impacts. As these posts imply, some employers only think about […]
One of your employees, Fred, is now back at work — two months after having a heart attack. You’re thrilled that Fred is healthy and planning on returning to work. You’ve reached out to ensure his return is successful by talking with him about how he is feeling, discussing his medical restrictions or limitations, and […]
As I’ve mentioned in the past, depression can have a significant impact in the workplace, including procrastination and missed deadlines, difficulties with memory and learning, and much more. Often overlooked in discussions about depression in the workplace is that anxiety can be a related factor. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, nearly […]
Not long ago, happy employees were seen as a pleasant — but not essential — byproduct of a productive, optimally functioning workplace. Today, research in positive psychology shows us employee perceptions of their well-being and satisfaction are essential to workplace productivity and employee retention.
Employees in the United States who have been diagnosed with depression at some point in their lives contribute to upward of 68 million missed workdays each year.1 The natural course of most depressive illnesses is more of a gradual decrease than a sudden drop. An employee could work for weeks, months — or in some […]