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Study finds people with inflammatory arthritis face significant psychological challenges in maintaining employment


  • Challenges to identity and pride. (The vital role of work in sense of identity, pride in achievements, struggle coping with IA and its impact at work.)
  • Guilt, shame and ableism. (Guilt, shame and internalized ableism about one’s diminished capacity and its impact at work.)
  • Managing perceptions. (Attempts to process and cope with real or imagined perceptions of family and/or colleagues.)
  • Grappling with disclosure. (Weighing decisions about whether to disclose condition at work and the potential consequences.)
  • Pushing through. (Internal/external pressure to be productive at work, presenteeism, absenteeism.)
  • Financial security. (The need to maintain employment to sustain living costs, medical insurance and health care.)
  • Mental health impact. (Feelings of stress, anxiety, anger, depression.)
  • Personal/professional support. (Support is complex, variable, vital to maintaining work and often inadequate.)
  • New perspectives, transformations, meaning-making. (Evolving priorities and values, shift in perspective, prioritizing self-care and turning to spiritual practices and other forms of meaning-making.)

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