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How Can Depression Affect a Person’s Work Motivation?

How Can Depression Affect a Person’s Work Motivation?

Depression can be extremely debilitating if not treated appropriately, and work professionals are not immune to this mental health condition. In fact, upper level executives are at risk for developing depression, given the numerous amounts of stress, pressure, and hours that go into their work endeavors each week. Doctors, first responders, nurses, veterinarians and lawyers may experience compassion fatigue, which can give them secondary trauma and further exacerbate symptoms of depression. All in all, Healthline estimates that 16.2 million adults in the United States experience depression each year – of course, symptoms of depression affect nearly every aspect of life, including work.

Mental Health America (MHA) claims that depression costs the U.S. workplace around $51 billion in absenteeism; while many people clinically meet the criteria for a diagnosed depressive disorder, an alarming number do not seek help. Depression can have a major impact on employee productivity – a 2016 study published in the journal Social Psychology and Psychiatric Epidemiology stated that the primary reason for this is due to fear of losing one’s status in a company. The following are a variety of ways that depression can affect a person’s workplace motivation:

  •       Excessive sleep or lack of sleep can cause a person to miss work or arrive late on several occasions
  •       Depression involves difficulty concentrating, which can make it harder to complete tasks on time
  •       Persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness can make it challenging for a person to give 110% effort to their work responsibilities
  •       Even if a professional thoroughly enjoyed their work before, depression can skew this perception, even leading them to no longer be interested in the work they do
  •       Depression can cause changes in eating and behavioral patterns, which can play out throughout the workday and cause concerns with having enough energy to complete tasks
  •       Since depression can make it more difficult to remember things, a person may miss deadlines, meetings, or major work-related tasks

There are a number of conditions that involve depression, including: major depressive disorder (MDD), bipolar disorder (BPD), postpartum depression, persistent depressive disorder (PDD), seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and more. The only way to lessen the severity and frequency of depressive symptoms is to seek treatment, which begins with obtaining a diagnosis from a licensed mental healthcare professional. Don’t wait any longer to seek the help you need. Your life and happiness matter.

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