Poor Physical health and untoward mental health not a happy barometer for job seeking individuals

Key takeaways:

  • A myth that persons with physical ailments are not a patch on job seekers with mental ailments
  • Serious care should be underscored for both jeopardized mental and physical health patients especially for long term chronic illness
  • Seeking employment will improve the quality of life
  • About 11.4 million U.S. adults are down with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

Note Job seekers, physical ailments and mental ailments are not impediments to finding a good job. It must be reiterated though that mental health is also a serious concern for those job-seekers who place their health above everything else to find a profession; hence an urgent need to allay their fears in regards to their illness will show them the correct course. It was emphasized by an author Ni Gao, associate  professor at Rutgers School of Health Professions that an integrated mental health and physical health care for serious mental health candidates is underscored; especially those with long-term chronic ailments.

The professor further stressed that people who are besieged with serious mental health maladies will continue to suffer from severe complications that will undermine his job seeking traits in the future. This will be downsizing and which could otherwise enhance his quality of life immeasurably.

This is all the more significant in U.S. with about 11.4 million U,S, adults experiencing illnesses such as schizophrenia, anxiety, major depression and bipolar disorder.    It is even more exasperating with almost 90% of these cases are jobless with 3 million thriving on    public assistance including supplemental security income and social security disability insurance       .

Long-term unemployment is an ongoing dilemma  with individuals who are prone to disorders of this kind and which manifest itself in even more complicated diseases such as cardiovascular diseases. These diseases ask for prompt care to be given to stricken individuals with lack of care that their condition even further.

The Rutgers Study was attributed with understanding how a person perceives himself living with these diseases and how far does it impede his job scout. Meeting 162 people with serious mental illnesses sought their desire in scouting for a vocation that entailed the total number of applications submitted, interviews attended and their estimation to what eluded them their job.


Half of the candidates surveyed were high school diploma holders and the rest were college graduated with all of them expressing a desire to seek employment.

In each of the individuals with physical diseases and history of mental illness, a few gave their physical disabilities as a reason for their failure to score in their job search and few cursed their mental slowdown as a contributor to seeking jobs with depression as the major symptom in the slowdown.

The studies have shown that life-span of people with serious mental illness can reduce by 25 % as compared to the general populace but employment is a resource to gain positive health benefits, care and maintenance. Employment is a source of bread and butter to them which invariably removes the drudgery in everyday life with purchasing power at his fingertips. It also gives him a much needed respite from the daily melancholy and creates a positive identity and respect among colleagues and peers. The people who have an innate desire to work are also sidelined without a respectable job. Hence here comes the oft-repeated cliché that mentally unsound, physically weak people need a vocational career path that suits their personality to the T

SO it has been proved that mortality rate is high in people with confirmed mental illnesses and especially long term. It is not without any element of uncertainty that some explanation is on board to help schizophrenic patients that the patients need treatment when they are under the scanner for becoming victim to cardiovascular disease. So it should not come as a disappointment to many as there are effective care and programs to tackle this anomaly.

Mortality rates are high in psychiatric patients and these are all due to suicidal tendencies and accidents but natural death could also be the bane of this population, It has been researched that several toxic depressants and mediation was deployed on patients in the early era when they were confined to medical outposts with schizophrenia and other related conditions traumatizing these citizens. This approach is not passable anymore in today’s urban age.  Patients with schizophrenia are at a great risk of contracting death due to circulatory conditions  and from endocrine and infectious disorders, Interestingly, patients with psychotic disorders are not easy targets for terminal diseases such as cancer.

Psychiatric patients are more likely to die of natural causes and hence they are more in line to have physical abnormalities including myocardial infection more than the general population. It needs to be seen that successful treatment of cardiovascular deaths and improve diagnosis.      Increased smoking also prevails in psychiatric patients who are more exposed to tobacco related diseases.

Psychotic patients are less liable to exercise and more in line with having excessive fat in their diet and low fiber and though drug misuse and alcohol consumption are just in line with the general population, there is an uncanny link between schizophrenia and drug and alcohol misuse.

Lack of appetite, low on energy and low-weight syndrome  are decided pointers to a cardiovascular risk but there is no reason to amplify this case because these factors are linked to depressive phenomenon as much as cardiovascular diseases. Low intake of dietary fish oils also imbibe a link that has much to say regarding the ecosystem. A relation between exercise and schizophrenia is not proven but remains to be seen.

The role a psychiatric patent as to play when he is diagnosed by physical ailment is very significant because the symptoms are entirely for physical reasons and not psychotic in cause and effect. It is chiefly difficult for psychiatric patients to communicate their physical maladies to medical experts which often is seen as the reason for coming inappropriately to the conclusion that symptoms of his physical ailments are psychotic in nature.

So sadly, when psychiatric patients are analysed for their heart ailments within their psychiatry risk profiles, it is wrongly misinterpreted as a psychiatric offshoot and needs to be diagnosed with mammography and cervical smears as much as the general population. But what is seen here is that people having mental disorders and heart ailments, the standard of healthcare is abysmally low in comparison to their healthy peers.

There is further light shed on the faint lines etched between mental health and physical health but there is little understanding gained on the access between them. It is analysed with the past mental health and current physical health and past physical health on present mental health. It has been found that physical health is the largest contributor to indirect effects. Health persons trying to change mental and physical health need to consider the direct and indirect effects of both mental and physical health. To surmise, a strong link between mental and physical health is found. There are social factors and lifestyle choices that affect the mental well-being and health gradients of older people with lifestyle changes able to change the health of older people in affluent countries. It has been surmised that lifestyle changes solve the burden of the disease 70% of the times. Life style changes include cigarette smoking and physical activity and finally community interaction.

Health is considered human assets from which individuals gain two benefits. One is adoption and the second is performance benefits. Healthy time comes to the rescue to save on consumption benefits such as leisure time. Health is an exponent of critical care and can be leveraged by lifestyle options. Choice to retire, initial investments and endowment policies and social standing will provide positive health indices.

It is quite simple to acknowledge that mental health is accountable for choosing healthcare providers, decision making, thus impacting physical health. Physical health and mental health are associated with barometers to lifestyle such as smoking, alcohol consumption and diet.          Physical activity is downsized by negative acts such as depression and anxiety and stress after smoking quits. Drinking small amounts is shown to have a positive effect on well-being parameters and it has been concluded that moderate drinking has equitable success on physical and mental health determinants.

Wrapping Up:

Potential stress busters are captured directly by our measure of mental health. Obesity, high blood pressure and alcohol drinking are health outcome indices. Alcohol consumption is considered to be a good measure on physical health.