Depression in The Workplace
Clinical depression has become one of America's most costly illnesses. Left untreated, depression is as costly as heart disease or AIDS to the US economy, costing over $43.7 billion in absenteeism from work (over 200 million days lost from work each year), lost productivity and direct treatment costs. Depression tends to affect people in their prime working years and may last a lifetime if untreated. More than 80 percent of people with clinical depression can be successfully treated. With early recognition, intervention, and support, most employees can overcome clinical depression and pick up where they left off.
Know The Facts
Employees Attitudes Towards Depression
Learn to recognize the symptoms of clinical depression
No two people experience clinical depression in the same manner. Symptoms will vary in severity and duration among different people. See your doctor* if you experience five or more of the following symptoms for more than two weeks:
* As a first step, a thorough physical examination may be recommended to rule out other illnesses.
Help Is Available
NMHA Campaign for America's Mental Health
National Mental Health Association
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
National Depression Screening Project
DEPRESSION/Awareness, Recognition and Treatment Program,
National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association