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Signs of Depression in the Workplace

Aug 13, 2008
Many people, however, do not realize that depression also affects their job performance and their relationships with their coworkers.

Depression can cause many problems in the workplace. Some victims may not be able to concentrate; therefore, their work may not meet their supervisor's expectations. Others may isolate themselves from coworkers, leaving the people they work with feeling that the victim isn't sociable, which further isolates this person. Some victims may exhibit angry outbursts over small incidents, which gives them the reputation as being "hotheads".

Not much information has been written about depression in the workplace, whereas there is a ton of information concerning depression in our personal lives. Depression, however, affects all aspects of the victim's life.

There are many internet assessment tools to help you determine if you are suffering from depression. If you feel that you are depressed, use one of these tools, print the results, and take it with you to your doctor's appointment. If you feel your depression is affecting your work performance or relationship with your coworkers, talk to your doctor about it.

This is an especially good thing to do because it will then be documented in case you have to talk to an attorney later. At the time you speak with your doctor, you may want to discuss whether or not you should advise your employer of your illness, depending on the severity of the illness and the attitude of your employer.

Some types of depression, such as bipolar disorder, are considered disabilities. Victims of these disorders are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. There is a lot of information on the internet about this act; however, in order to be protected under this act, you must inform your employer of your disability.

Most people suffer from depression at some point in time. It can be a minor, temporary episode or a major, long-term illness. Many people who suffer from depression feel that they are alone, but they're not. Also, many people feel ashamed when, in fact, it's nothing to be ashamed of.

In most cases, the symptoms of depression can be controlled with medication and sometimes cognitive therapy. It is especially important, not only to your employment but also to your own well-being, to seek help if you feel that you are depressed and the symptoms are affecting your day-to-day life.

There are many resources out there which provide help, more importantly people who want to help.
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