Have you ever experienced “workplace depression?”
In this day and age, dialogue about mental health issues such as depression have gotten better. More companies are gearing towards providing support for their employees’ mental health conditions. In fact, start-up companies make it a part of their daily routines, such as assigning people to cheer others by coming up with workplace games, group discussions and even in-house masseuses to help employees relax.
But that does not always work the same for everybody.
A pollster conducted by Glamour, Thrive Global and SurveyMonkey shows that as many as 53 percet of women feel uncomfortable talking about their mental health concerns and only 14 percent are willing to talk to an officemate about it, if they felt depressed or have anxiety.
Out of 1,300 women respondents, 28 percent said their struggles with workplace depression nd anxiety affected their ability to do their jobs.
On top of that, only two out of three women feel that their employers are supportive of their mental well-being.
“This is happening at every socioeconomic and professional level, from the bottom to CEOs,” Dr. Beth Salcedo, president of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, told the magazine.
For some, pre-existing mental health issues are the problem. But for others, it is the nature of their work, officemates and professional environment also play a role in their mental well-being.
A lot of women workers feel that their jobs dominate almost all aspects of their lives, including their social lives.
“We’re working more, we’re working harder, and the reserve of energy we need to deal with life stress is not there anymore,” Salcedo said.
So how do we get rid or avoid workplace depression and stress?
Julie Holland, M.D., a psychiatrist in New York City, says it starts with the people you’re surrounding yourself with.
“When I start talking to my patients, work stress is almost always the first thing that comes up,” said Dr. Holland. “But they’re really talking about interpersonal stresses—people rubbing each other the wrong way, dealing with toxic personalities.”
Stress is inevitable in the workplace, but if you start practicing dialogue with your colleagues, as well as taking time to clear your mind of any work-related thoughts, spending time with people you love and doing absolutely nothing once in a while, the anxiety and depression one might feel might be abated.