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Burnout now officially a medical condition

In May 2019, the WHO finally accepted Burnout an official medical condition to be listed in the ICD 11th Edition probably due for publication in 2022.  It is not however, listed in the DSM-5 and is not therefore considered a mental illness.  It is a condition marked...

Upcoming workshops

The next scheduled workshops on Understanding and Managing Mental Illness in the Workplace are as follows: Cape Town: Friday 27 September at Southern Sun Newlands from 09h00 to 12h00 JHB           : Friday 18 October at Astrotech Conference Centre from 09h00 to 12h00...
Special accommodation versus favouritism

Special accommodation versus favouritism

In the undertaking of Functional Capacity Evaluations as well as Case Management, I am often asked to comment on “special accommodation” that may be implemented to allow a specific employee to either remain at or return to work following physical or mental illness or...
Arachnophobia

Arachnophobia

(Caution: some pictures may be disturbing to sensitive viewers.) One of the more commonly known phobias is the fear of spiders and in South Africa although we have more than three thousand different species, almost all of them are harmless. I did however recently...
The joy of being a travelling Occupational Therapist

The joy of being a travelling Occupational Therapist

Having been in this industry now for almost 15 years I have had the pleasure of undertaking many interesting work site visits such as one to a veterinary surgery operating theatre in which a dachshund was undergoing a spinal operation, as well as some pretty awful...
An Employee’s right to return to work

An Employee’s right to return to work

What happens when an employee feels able to return to work after a long absence, but their employer feels that they can’t? I had assessed someone who had been on extended sick leave for eight months, motivated by her employer. She had received no form of income...
The Enigma of Mental Illness

The Enigma of Mental Illness

Are you a HR Officer, Manager / Supervisor or Disability Claims Assessor? Do you understand the complex world of mental disorders? Do you have employees or clients diagnosed with a mental illness? Does mental illness evoke anxiety or uncertainty in you? Do you know...