For those experiencing depression, managing daily tasks and coping with symptoms in the workplace can be difficult. In some cases, workplace stress may even be a cause of depression.
Depression in the workplace is highly prevalent amongst both men and women, and it's a growing concern. Those experiencing depression at work often show signs of cognitive difficulties, decreased productivity, and absenteeism.
Why Depression Occurs at Work
- Too much or too little workload
- Inconsistent management performance procedures
- Lack of control/job insecurity
- Negative atmosphere
- Abrupt changes within the workplace
- Limited or abstract communication practices
- External sources
- Harassment or Bullying
Professional treatment such as a psychiatrist, psychologist or mental health counselor, social worker is generally recommended to individuals experiencing a moderate to severe form of mental illness. A mental health professional may recommend various treatments such as behavioral activation, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy or antidepressant medication.
Self care, including taking time for yourself, getting physical activity, and eating well, can lessen the symptoms for people experiencing mood disorders. Read more about self care and alternative treatment options.
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