Depression at Work

“How serious is depression on the job? According to nationwide labor reports and studies, it’s more serious than most of us realize, ” says Matt Krumrie, Monster.com Contributing Writer, in his article “Depression at Work.”

Krumrie goes on to list some surprising statistics, as well as advice on how to handle workplace-related depression. He advises to tread carefully and be selective with whom you choose to divulge your issues with depression, as mental illness still carries an unfortunate stigma. The most important message Krumrie conveys is that, if you’re experiencing depression, you certainly are not alone. Confide in a trusted family member, friend or colleague; utilize your employer’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) if they offer one; or consult your physician. Above all else, do not allow your depression to go untreated.

And if you notice one of your coworkers has started to display symptoms of depression, do not judge them. Reach out to them — you may save their career or even their life.

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~ by Mika Doyle on February 21, 2010.

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