Author | Sean Sassano-Higgins, MD

Articles

How to Evaluate and Manage Psychiatric Symptoms Related to Workplace Concerns

June 09, 2020

Unprecedented numbers of Americans are losing their jobs. When patients describe psychiatric symptoms (eg, anxiety, insomnia, irritability), psychiatrists should ask about workplace issues.

How to Help Support Patients Who Are “Essential” Workers

May 27, 2020

In this podcast, Dr Andrew Brown, a member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, Work and Organizations Committee and lead psychiatrist for the Boston Police Department, provides his views on how psychiatrists can help support patients who have anxiety associated with the categorization as “essential.”

How and Why Clinicians Should Take a Thorough Work History During COVID-19 and Beyond

May 18, 2020

Dr Daven Morrison provides his views on how and why psychiatrists should take a thorough work history, especially now, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to Support and Evaluate Patients Experiencing or Fearing Job Loss in the Era of COVID-19

May 15, 2020

In this podcast, psychiatrists from the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry, Work and Organizations committee walk us through assessing how a patient's work ties to their sense of identity. They describe ways to validate a patient's feelings, provide reassurance, and help manage their emotions.

5 Domains of Functional Assessment for Disability Evaluation

January 06, 2020

Problems with any one of these domains can disrupt an individual’s capacity to sustain work capacity.

Disability and the Concept of Return to Work

January 01, 2020

This article discusses the return to work plan as a solution to the clinical and systemic problems arising from psychiatric disability.

Treater, Disability Assessor, or Forensic Expert: A Trap in Disability Claims

October 30, 2019

The treater who assumes a dual role as either disability examiner or forensic expert faces ethical risks because of the inherent binds in the roles.

The Disabled Employee’s Manager: A Common Complicating Factor of Workplace Disability

August 30, 2019

One of the most perplexing challenges for psychiatrists who interact with the workplace is the competing forces for and against mental health.

Functional Assessment for Disability Applications: Tools for the Psychiatrist

June 14, 2019

These 10 domains will help you determine if functional impairment exists, if it can be reversed, and if the patient can return to work.

Disability: Overview of Concepts Psychiatrists Need to Know

May 30, 2019

This article discusses the risks of supporting versus withholding support for a patient’s disability claim and six key definitions psychiatrists need to understand when they are asked to support such a claim.