in the Workplace
depression is one of the foremost costly illnesses, along with
heart disease, cancer and AIDS. Depression costs the North American
economy more than 55 billion each year in absenteeism from work,
lost productivity and direct treatment costs. Depression
tends to affect people in their prime working years and, if untreated,
may last a lifetime. Fortunately, with early recognition, intervention
and support, more than 80% of people with clinical depression
can be successfully treated.
ranks among the top three workplace problems, following only
family crisis and stress.
- Three percent
of short term disability days are due to depressive disorders,
76% of which involve female employees.
- In a study
conducted at First Chicago Corporation, depressive disorders
accounted for more than half of all mental health problems.
The amount for treatment of these claims was close to the amount
spent on treatment for heart disease.v
- An estimated
200 million work days are lost each year due to employee depression.
- At any
one time, one out of every 20 employees experiences depression.
Symptoms of Clinical Depression in the Workplace
people experience clinical depression in the same manner. People
suffering from depression often experience a number of key symptoms
which vary in severity and duration. In addition, depression often
manifests itself in the workplace in the following ways:
employees at all levels of the corporate ladder. Managers and Supervisors
who spot the warning signs can help employees seek treatment and,
consequently, reduce an employers costs.
- Lack of
and/or drug abuse