Objective: There is evidence that posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a hidden barrier to employment among individuals with serious mental illnesses (SMI) among whom PTSD is highly prevalent. This study aimed to explore how PTSD interferes with achieving employment outcomes among persons with SMI. Methods: Participants included 119 individuals with SMI and co-occurring PTSD receiving Supported Employment services. Responses to the question, “In what ways are PTSD symptoms interfering with your work during the past month?” were analyzed. Results: Six themes emerged: (a) I don’t like being around people, (b) I feel frozen and unable to get started, (c) troubling negative affect, (d) mind is scattered and all over the place, (e) feeling fatigued all the time, and (f) flashbacks and triggers can happen whenever.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Professions (miscellaneous)
- Psychiatry and Mental health
- Qualitative analysis