Psychosocial disability is a term used to describe a disability that may occur as a result of a mental health condition.
The mental health and wellbeing of a person with psychosocial disability is affected either all the time or some of the time, and may affect:
- Thought processes
- Judgement and decision making
- Ability to manage stress
- Sense of safety
- Behaviour and temperament.
Some types of mental health conditions include, but are not limited to:
- Schizoid disorders such as schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorders
- mood disorders such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- social phobias.
CAUSES OF PSYCHOSOCIAL DISABILITY
Psychosocial disability occurs when a person with a mental health condition interacts within an environment that causes barriers or inequality for them.
Mental health conditions may be caused by:
- exposure to trauma
- genetic factors
- other disability
- degenerative conditions such as dementia.
SUPPORT FOR PSYCHOSOCIAL DISABILITY
People with psychosocial disability may benefit from:
- understanding, empathy and human connection
- support with social interaction
- assistance in healing mental and emotional distress
- support in decision making and daily interactions