Experts offer some simple guidelines that can help you determine when your loved one can go back to work after treatment for a mental illness.
1. Symptomatic response: Does the person still exhibit the symptoms of the illness? Check with your psychiatrist about the status of their symptoms, and whether the psychiatrist would recommend that they return to work.
The nature of the psychiatric illness also plays a role in this factor. For instance, given the right treatment, a person with mild to moderate deperssion will be symptom free earlier than a person who is being treated for OCD.
2. Change in their habits: Are they eating well, sleeping well and interacting with others the way they did before the onset of the illness? Are they expressing a motivation to keep themselves occupied and/or return to work?
3. Managing a daily routine: Are you confident that they will be able to get back to work and stick to a working routine?
Sometimes, caregivers are reluctant to allow their loved ones to return to work due to lack of confidence in their abilities, or fear that the stress may be too much. But, chances have to be taken to help the person return to a certain level of functioning.
There are certain things you can do to help your loved one with their transition: