Depression in the workplace can have a big impact on productivity. Some employers choose to use a screening questionnaire to determine if an employee may have depression – this is called the Depression Self Evaluation.
This test is based on statements regarding an employees mood, energy and interest in their work. The test includes questions pertaining to sleeping habits, appetite and even sex. For example if an employee selects the statement “I feel very tired” this might be because they are struggling to sleep and may be due to depression.
Statements such as “I am very anxious”, in relation to any stressful situations in the office, or “I have lost my appetite” which relates to body weight issues, “I cannot concentrate” which relates to work issues and “I have lost all interest in doing my job” which refers to job dissatisfaction. The more questions answered with a yes the higher the probability that they are depressed.
These questions are not used to diagnose depression but to determine if the symptoms are caused by depression. There are questions that are used for other purposes but may be applicable to a person with depression.
Some of the treatment options include counselling, therapy and anti-depressants. Therapy or talk therapy may help to deal with issues and symptoms making counselling a very important and effective treatment option to consider. Counsellors can help to identify root causes, provide ways to prevent future outbreaks, provide support and encourage people with depression to pursue treatment.
Anti-depressants on the other hand are used to correct chemical imbalance in the brain which can cause the symptoms. Some of the newer anti-depressants may not require a prescription unlike previous generations. Anti-depressants are also known to help manage suicidal thoughts among patients. These newer anti-depressants are available in the market but still require a prescription.
It is never wise to ignore signs and symptoms of depression. It is very important to seek professional medical advice about depression symptoms and your employer should be consulted for further support if you are unable to work.
Conscientious companies offer Occupational Health Services, including health surveillance, screening, monitoring and tailor-made wellbeing services. Happy and healthy staff are more productive, loyal, and are less likely to take time away from work. Each year, over 170 million working days are lost in the UK due to sickness absence.
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