Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.
Depression has a significant impact on productivity which in turn aggravates the resulting problems at work and relationship with colleagues and managers. Depression can have various causes some work related such as too much pressure at work, and some stressors maybe home related such as, family problems, relationships, financial stressors, illness etc.
In South Africa, employees are very likely to keep working during periods of depression, impacting their productivity and performance at work. This can be due to fear of losing their jobs, being avoided by colleagues, or lack of mental health knowledge, not understanding why they are going through a spell of periods of not being well
By discussing the issues with your loved ones, manager or human resources department and finding out the options available to you might alleviate a lot of the anxiety associated with depression.
There are a number of things people can do to help reduce the symptoms of depression. For many people, regular exercise helps create positive feeling and improve mood. Getting enough quality sleep on a regular basis, eating a healthy diet and avoiding alcohol (a depressant) can also help reduce symptoms of depression.
Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:
Depression is a real illness and help is available. With proper diagnosis and treatment, the vast majority of people with depression will overcome it.
If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, a first step is to see your family physician or psychiatrist. Talk about your concerns and request a thorough evaluation. This is a start to addressing mental health needs.
If somebody you know suffer from Depression here are some tips for talking about Depression
What you CAN say that helps:
What you should AVOID saying:
Source: The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
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