Coping with depression and anxiety in the workplace

Nearly one in three adults (32%) say they have been more anxious than these were last year, based on a recently available report by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Only a quarter (24%) report being less anxious than this past year — they are much like alterations in anxiety reported over the last couple of years.

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The poll results reinforce the fact that basic needs, such as personal safety or finances, have a big effect on a person’s mental well-being. Anyone who is struggling with anxiety, regardless of the main reason, to get treatment.

However, dealing with the root cause of distress could be more challenging to diagnose when it is not a physical problem — emotional and mental health issues are often left undetected and untreated for too much time. Approximately 40 million American adults – about 18% of the population – struggle with anxiety, and nearly 7% of the population has reported a minimum of one depressive episode in a given year, as reported by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Feeling ashamed often goes in conjunction with any mental or emotional struggle, particularly in a specialist setting. The pressure to operate and perform at 100% could be paralyzing during a depressive phase, coupled with the fear of losing employment.

“In an ideal world, you ought to be in a position to disclose a mental health issue without getting discriminated against, nevertheless the reality is we do not are now living in that perfect world,” says Darcy Gruttardo, director in the Center of Workplace Mental Health.

About 50 % of workers within the APA survey expressed concerns about discussing mental health issues at your workplace; a third worried about consequences if they seek help. For those of you thinking about speaking frankly about it at your workplace, Gruttardo recommends conversing with your primary care doctor first to obtain any outward symptoms under control, before approaching human resources or an employee assistance program (EAP).

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