Work life affected due to depression
How does depression affect work life?
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Dr. Divya Shree K.R
Psychiatrist 16 yrs exp Bangalore
It is highly important to understand what depression means before answering any questions regarding it. A person who experiences an intense feeling of sadness or grief for a long period of time is said to have depression.Clinical depression affects the person’s -- Body -- Feelings -- Thoughts and -- Behaviors Each year,depression affects at least 10 million people,often during their most productive years between the ages of 25 and 44.Untreated clinical depression may become a chronic condition that not only disrupts one's family and personal life but also has a severe impact on the working capabilities of an individual.It is said that depression results in more days in bed than many other ailments such as ulcers, diabetes, high blood pressure or even arthritis and this has been proven by a recent large-scale study published by the Rand Corporation. Depression is said to affect workers’ productivity, judgment, their ability to work with others, and overall job performance.The inability to concentrate fully or make decisions may lead to costly mistakes or accidents. In addition, it has been shown that depressed individuals have high rates of absenteeism and are more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, resulting in other problems on and off the job.Unfortunately, many depressed people suffer needlessly because they feel embarrassed, fear being perceived as weak or do not recognize depression as a treatable illness. The main reason as to why depression affects work of an individual is because of --Decreased productivity --Morale problems --Lack of cooperation --Safety risks --Accidents,absenteeism,frequent statements about being tired all the time --Complaints of unexplained aches and pains and --Alcohol or drug abuse. The sadness,irritability or emotional numbing that depressed victims experience also make it harder to do enjoy the job they do.The reduced energy levels and increased fatigability also makes it harder for these individuals to complete their task on time.Some factors at the workplace may exacerbate depression to a considerable amount such as too much or too little to do,the feeling of not contributing and having a lack of control,a lack of two-way communication between management and employees,being unappreciated,vicious office politics disrupting positive behavior and creating mistrust etc. Hence we can say that severe depression may be life-threatening to the employee, it can affect a person’s work life to such an extent that they start saying things like “life is not worth living” or “people would be better off without me,” which can prove fatal in the long run. Hence as explained above, there is a strong link between depression and work productivity. If you feel you have any symptoms of depression, please contact a psychiatrist.
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