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How should employers address depression and anxiety due to fibromyalgia?

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To address fibromyalgia-related depression and anxiety, employers should consider:

  • Reducing distractions in the work environment
  • Providing to-do lists and written instructions
  • Reminding the employee of important deadlines and meetings
  • Allowing time off for counseling
  • Providing clear expectations of responsibilities and consequences
  • Providing sensitivity training to coworkers
  • Allowing breaks to use stress management techniques
  • Developing strategies to deal with work problems before they arise
  • Allowing telephone calls during work hours to doctors and others for support
  • Providing information on counseling and employee assistance programs

From: Fibromyalgia: Work and Disability WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Labor: Accommodation and Compliance Series: "Employees with Fibromyalgia Syndrome." Social Security Administration: "Benefits for People with Disabilities." McIlwain, H, MD, and Bruce, D, PhD. Holt, 2007.


The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

EpicGenetics, Inc.: 1919 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 250, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

Behm, F. , 2012. BMC Clinical Pathology

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 24, 2019

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Labor: Accommodation and Compliance Series: "Employees with Fibromyalgia Syndrome." Social Security Administration: "Benefits for People with Disabilities." McIlwain, H, MD, and Bruce, D, PhD. Holt, 2007.


The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

EpicGenetics, Inc.: 1919 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 250, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

Behm, F. , 2012. BMC Clinical Pathology

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 24, 2019

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