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How Depression Can Affect Your Work

by on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

Work Anxiety

It can be easy to be hard on yourself when you feel like you are in a slump. You may not be as productive, you may get behind with work, all of which can make you feel even worse. You may try telling yourself that you can be more productive if you just try harder, but no matter what, the motivation never seems to come. It could be possible that you aren’t just in a slump, but that you are experiencing symptoms of depression. This can affect your work in severe ways, but it can be treated. Here are the signs of depression and the ways they may affect your work. 

Symptoms 

There are multiple symptoms that can point to depression. These are important to recognize, as you can seek help and help manage them if caught early. Symptoms of depression include:

  • Fatigue
  • Pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Overeating or undereating
  • Digestive problems
  • Thoughts of suicide or attempts
  • Feeling helpless and/or worthless
  • Memory problems
  • Problems focusing
  • Feeling restless
  • Loss of interest in once enjoyable activities
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Constant sadness
  • Feeling numb or empty
  • Anxious feelings

It is not shameful to have depression. Recognizing these symptoms and seeking help can save your life. 

Impact on Your Work

According to a study done by Walter F. Stewart, PhD, MPH, published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, depression causes a number of ailments that can affect work productivity. Many workers often think they are just slow or unproductive when really there is an underlying issue. The effects that depression has on work can be physical, mental, and psychological. These effects include:

  • An inability to focus or concentrate
  • Migraines
  • Feeling tired at work
  • Repeating jobs
  • Back pain
  • Less productivity 
  • Working more slowly
  • Allergies

Of the 200 employees interviewed in the study, 77% of the ones with depression stated that they decreased their overall performance level at work. The effects of depression are not just in your head, they can have a real impact on many areas of your life and your work is not excluded. 

Depression often goes untreated because of the stigma surrounding it. Untreated depression can create a number of consequences that affect people’s lives, including their job performance. These consequences can often result in reprimanding by your boss, being demoted, being passed over for promotions, and more. There is no shame in seeking help if you think you may have depression. Reach out and get your old self back. At Restorations Therapy, we can help you refocus and restore productivity to your life. Our highly trained staff can help you address the symptoms of depression through customized treatment. We offer a variety of therapy options, including group counseling, individual counseling, couples’ therapy, and more. We can help you find the type of care that is best suited to your individual needs, ensuring a strong path to recovery. To learn more about what we offer and how we can help you overcome depression and improve your efficiency at work, call Restorations Therapy today at (720) 446-6585. 

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