I’ve previously written about how employees can often work through depression and what an employer can keep an eye out for in regard to signs and symptoms. But what can an employer do if an employee has gone on a disability leave to seek treatment for a serious bout of depression?
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.
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The business world is awash in buzzwords that evoke aggression. “Cutthroat competition.” “Going to war.” Today’s employees often feel they must prepare for battle before they grab their morning coffee. In some cases, employees might feel helpless, making work a struggle and robbing the workplace of any sense of enjoyment. Understandably, productivity can suffer when this happens.
At any given time in the United States, an estimated 1 in 10 adults report symptoms that would qualify for a diagnosis of depression. Although most of us are familiar with the most noticeable impacts of depression, a number of hidden impacts still can affect a workplace as a whole for weeks, months or even years, without becoming obvious.