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Employing and accommodating workers with psychiatric disabilities

The major life activities limited by mental impairments differ from person to person.

How long does a mental impairment have to last to be substantially limiting?

An impairment is substantially limiting if it lasts for more than several months and significantly restricts the performance of one or more major life activities during that time.

Similarly, traits like irritability, chronic lateness, and poor judgment are not, in themselves, mental impairments, although they may be linked to mental impairments.13 Major Life Activities An impairment must substantially limit one or more major life activities to rise to the level of a "disability" under the ADA.14 3.

What major life activities are limited by mental impairments?

Relevant evidence for EEOC investigators includes descriptions of an individual's typical level of functioning at home, at work, and in other settings, as well as evidence showing that the individual's functional limitations are linked to his/her impairment.

Expert testimony about substantial limitation is not necessarily required.

Credible testimony from the individual with a disability and his/her family members, friends, or coworkers may suffice. When is an impairment sufficiently severe to substantially limit a major life activity?