Depressed Employees May Benefit from Coming Into Work

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Depressed Employees May Benefit from Coming Into Work

– 27% report difficulties going to work while depressed
– 80% of sufferers report some form of functional impairment
– cost to the economy
– workplace stress – a risk factor for depression
– study found no health benefit for those taking sick leave
– study conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics & involved 9000 Australian workers
– coming into work with depressive symptoms led to reduced use of antidepressant medications
– hypothesised that the benefits could be due to emotional support from colleagues (I note this is not always the case) & maintaining a daily routine leads to improved quality of life outcomes
– other factors to consider: type of employment (blue v’s white collar; severity of depression)
– implications for workplace accommodation of people experiencing depression & other illnesses such as diabetes & heart disease

Source: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/minds-business/depressed-employees-may-benefit-from-coming-in-to-work.html

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