Do you dread going to work everyday and feel like you are dragging your feet through the mud? You may be one of 16 million Americans who struggles with depression but tries to hide it behind a fake smile, just to get through the day. You are far from alone. The median age for a significant spike in depressive symptoms comes around age 32, when we are in our career prime. The daily sadness may leech into our personal relationships, work environments, and effect our productivity, but how these changes affect the U.S. economy are not quite as obvious.
Depressive symptoms may cause exhaustion, lack of motivation, and degradation in an individual’s ability to concentrate. All the above, may result in workplace absenteeism, as well as lost productivity in the office. The economic impact of these actions may cause the U.S. to lose about $51 billion dollars each year—a shocking statistic. The monetary concerns are important, but more so is mental health. Look at the tips below to learn how to cope with clinical depression in a professional environment:
1. Take care of yourself: focus on your hobbies, practice relaxation techniques
2. Do not isolate yourself, rely on your support system: as much as you want to be alone, keep your friends and family close…it can make a massive difference
3. Talk with your boss: do not be ashamed of your disorder, but find the means to make it work for the company and help you feel more comfortable, and be more productive
4. Know your best time of the day: understand that you have ups and downs; figure out triggers and use those to organize your day.
5. Seek professional advice: get a second opinion and actively try to help yourself.
6. Organize your work day: prioritize and take breaks.
The tips mentioned above may help you find joy in your career, happiness in your romantic relationships and overall, life fulfillment again.
Read more about the economic impact of depression in the U.S.
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