A report recently released by Mental Health America suggests that one out of every 20 employees is suffering from depression.
Depression in the workplace can be caused by many stimuli. A worker's depressive symptoms may have surfaced after being forced to meet tight deadlines, because of poor co-worker relations or after sitting in their cubicles day after day interacting only with their computers.
Employees who are depressed may find themselves drawn away from their desks for extensive periods of time as they try to compose themselves. They may also call in sick frequently. An employer who is continuing to pile on deadlines may only stunt an employee's productivity.
While some employees may feel comfortable going to their employers to say that they need to take some time to get themselves more mentally balanced, others prolong their suffering. They do so because they don't want to admit to them that they need help.
Although many people would feel comfortable going to a doctor and getting prescribed a medication for a chronic illness, such as diabetes, they often don't feel the same about soliciting help for a mental illness.
Studies centered around decreasing occupational-related depression in recent years have emphasized the importance of employers recognizing signs of employee depression. They've also been focused on proactive measures that employers can take to help reduce employee stress and overall wellness.
Other studies have even shown that it's important for workers to understand their trigger points. In those cases, if they're able to discuss them with their employer, then they may be able to collectively work out a strategy for how to avoid further aggravating their symptoms.
Additionally, in pinpointing them, it may help the employee to be able to gauge when to be more vigilant about taking their prescribed medications or to up their dose. Alternatively, they may decide to attend more frequent counseling sessions to talk through their problems as well.
There are many different situations that can lead a worker to either develop depression or for their preexisting symptoms of the debilitating disease to become worse in the workplace. If your depression has worsened on the job, then a Pennsylvania workers' compensation attorney may advise of your right to file an injury claim.
Source: U.S. News & World Report, "Coping with depression at work," Lisa Esposito, accessed Oct. 18, 2017