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How does psychosis affect a veteran’s ability to hold a job?

Veterans with psychotic disorders may find it challenging to work or find a job. This is unfortunate, because employment can enhance their quality of life and keep them more healthy. The so-called negative symptoms of psychosis -- low energy, lack of drive, social withdrawal, and depersonalization -- are exacerbated by unemployment. The rate of unemployment among psychosis sufferers is estimated to be nine times greater than that of the general population.

There are programs available to help psychosis sufferers find and maintain jobs. They are called supported employment programs, and they can provide help with employer communication and awareness, training, transportation, and monitoring of job performance. The U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has more information on supported employment programs.

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