Living well isn’t just about physical health. It’s also about mental health. During May is Mental Health Month and throughout the year, the County of San Diego and community partners are raising awareness about stress and depression in the workplace and working to demystify symptoms and treatments to give San Diegans the information they need to seek help.
When you're dealing with stress and depression, you may feel like you're "in a fog." You just don't feel like yourself. Just as depression impacts many other aspects of life, work performance and productivity are almost always negatively affected, too.
Did you know mental illnesses such as depression cause more days of
work loss and work impairment compared to any other chronic health
condition, including arthritis, asthma, back pain, diabetes,
hypertension and heart disease?
Individuals suffering from depression are twice as likely to develop coronary artery disease, twice as likely to have a stroke and more than four times as likely to die within six months of having a heart attack. This is why it’s so important to identify and treat depression.
How does depression look to others?
|What depression feels like||How it looks to co-workers|
|Slowed thoughts and difficulty thinking||Poor quality work|
|Lack of concentration||Procrastination, accidents on the job|
|Forgetfulness and difficulty remembering||Poor quality work|
|Trouble making decisions||Procrastination, indecisiveness, slowed productivity|
|Reduced interest, low motivation||Presenteeism – "just showing up"|
|Self-medication||Missed deadlines, absenteeism|
|Irritability, anger, tearfulness, upset||Poor relationships with co-workers, boss, clients; low morale in the workplace|
|Sleep disturbance, can't get going in the a.m.||Late to work|
The most important thing is to seek help and not ignore the
It is a sign of strength to reach out for help when you or a loved one needs it. You are not alone. Help is all around.
Here are some ideas:
Be sure to follow the instructions your medical providers give you, including making appointments for monitoring and follow-up. If you are prescribed a medication, make sure you take it as directed by your physician.
Information for this article was taken from “Partnership for Workplace Mental Health,” a program of the American Psychiatric Foundation and “Employers Health Coalition, Inc.” Together, they created a first-of-its-kind educational initiative for the workplace to decrease stigma associated with depression, a leading cause of lost productivity. Visit their website to learn more.