Depression in the Workplace

by Neseret on April 6, 2012

The ThinkerAre you absent from work frequently?

Do you feel irritable, sad and hopeless at work more often than not?

Do you feel physically fatigued when you’re at work?

Do you feel physically and emotionally drained when you leave work?

Do you feel your memory and concentration has declined?

Do you find yourself more and more socially withdrawn?

If you answered affirmatively to the above questions you could be suffering from depression related to your workplace.

How common is depression in the workplace?

“We have less information about the prevalence of depressive disorders in the working population, but one study found approximately 2-4% of workers suffer from major depression. Other studies point to the upper end of this range indicating that major depression in the workforce likely occurs at a rate comparable to that in the general population. One study found that rates of major depression vary across occupations (lawyers, teachers and secretaries had relatively high rates), even after taking into account gender balance in each occupation.

Systematic survey of the U.S workforce find that 6-7% meet diagnostic criteria for minor or major depression at any given time, and another 2-4% show some depressive symptomatology. Other studies used a broader definition of depression and are consistent in finding 13% of workers to report a troublesome level of depression. In a community survey, 18% of the working population reported missing work or cutting back on workload because of depressive symptoms.

Work settings where the workforce is predominantly female, such as healthcare, would be expected to show much higher rates of depression.

A recent study from the healthcare industry in British Columbia reported that in 1999, 10.6% of workers in the acute care sector had a prescription for antidepressant medication (the authors assumed that those who were prescribed an antidepressant medication were experiencing depressive disorder).

The 5 year trend (1995 – 7.0 % of BC Acute Care Workers were on Antidepressant, 7.3% in 1996, 8.8% in 1997, 9.3% in 1998, 10.6% in 1999) in the use of antidepressant medication suggests that depression is a growing problem in the healthcare industry.

This trend is particularly alarming because it is commonly believed that only half of those who suffer from depression actually seek professional help and of those who do, not all are treated with antidepressants.”  ~ Depression & Work Function, Bridging the Gap Between Mental Health Care & The Workplace ~

The Impact of Depression

“Depressed employees described a “vicious cycle” and “downward spiral” of poor morale, decreased job satisfaction, lack of motivation, extremes of emotions and intolerance with others, lack of concentration, confusion and difficulties with decision making, more sickness absences, and higher rates of staff turnover.”

A little over a year ago I was exactly in this place of “downward spiral”. I was physically and emotionally exhuasted. My doctor recommended for me to take a sick leave from my job and I did. It took a while to restore my health to balance. When it was time to go back to  work I realized nothing in my work environment was changed.

I had to make a decsion. I decided that I was not going to go back to the same place that contributed to wrecking a havoc in my health. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I learned NO JOB is worth compromising my physical and mental health.

What can you do if you are in this situations right now?

In my upcoming teleseminar I’m going to share with you….

* steps you can take to minimize the toll of workplace stress on your health.

* steps you can take to right away to start feeling differently about your workplace.

* steps you can take to ensure you find a job with a better working environment.

* steps you can take to find a more satisfying and fulfilling work.

* steps you can take to discover your true purpose in life and more…

Teleseminar is scheduled for Sunday April 8, 2012 1pm PST/2 MST/3 CST/4 EST 

To get detailed information about the teleseminar go to the top right hand side of this site and enter your name and email address and click “Submit”. You will receive the “7 Steps to Reducing Your Stress” booklet and the complementary email series.

Looking forward to having you on the call. Please leave me your comments and questions below.

Peace, Love & Gratitude,


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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Nelson April 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm

This brings to mind most work situations I’ve been in. Overload, burnout, monotny, competition with co workers, lead to what is avoidance behavior with repeated call offs to avoid the job stressors triggering the depressive feelings. Its only when we find our true God purpose for enrichment that only then may depressive feelings dissapate to be replaced with joy, fulfillment and accomplishment and most of all freedom. True freedom represents a surrender to actions in which we feel we are but puppets in a play. Our string is pulled and false feelings make us perform just to please a boss, compete and become unfulfilled which allow us to become “less than” becoming depressed. Of course when we cannot achieve that true feeling of performing the work which is our calling how can we be tranquil and happy. With Much Love and Gratitude, Nelson


Neseret April 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Hi Nelson,

I couldn’t agree with you more! Work is meant to be meaningful, satisfying and a joy. When we find our true purpose in life work does become all of those things. However it takes a lot of courage to look within and find our true purpose.

Many people feel they have to stay at a job that they hate. They are afraid of making changes. However in this glorious day and age we have many options. We do not have to stay at a job that doesn’t utilize our gifts and talents. We do not have to stay in a toxic work environment. We do not have to stay at a place of work where we are not appreciated, celebrated and supported.

If you’re at a job where you are experiencing stress, burnout, and depression it means there is something seriously wrong. You need to make change. No job is worth compromising your health and wellness. Ever!!

Peace, Love & Gratitude,



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