If you’ve held a job or two, you’ve probably worked with someone who had a mental illness. Surprised? Here are some major myths—and facts—about the impact of mental illness on the workplace.
Myth 1: Mental illness is the same as mental retardation.
Facts: Mental illness and intellectual disability are two distinct disorders. A diagnosis of intellectual disability is chiefly characterized by limitation in intellectual functioning as well as difficulties with certain daily living skills. In contrast, among those with psychiatric disabilities, intellectual functioning varies, just as it does across the general population.