Is hybrid working beneficial for employee wellbeing?
October 9 2023Read more
We’ve all experienced low mood swings on occasion. Some of us experience depression in our daily lives which intensifies the feeling of helplessness and isolation. It can vary on the severity scale of low to high levels but how do you answer the difficult question of, am I depressed or just sad?
Employers should be aware of the signs to spot if their employees are experiencing symptoms and provide them with effective support. This is especially important as work can make the problem worse if not given the right help, negatively affecting the employee and business.
Are you left wondering; how can I help someone with depression in the workplace? Employers should not feel like they are required to be an in-house therapist for their employees. However, a basic understanding of the disorder is the first and best step in supporting your workforce and knowing if someone may be showing signs of depression. That’s why many organisations have turned to our Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) for mental health support.
Depression can manifest in many ways, and we can see this through three main categories, psychological, physical, and social. Some signs are easier to spot in yourself, although some can be more easily spotted by colleagues, family, or friends.
Psychological symptoms are the most discussed but can be the hardest to spot in colleagues, family, and friends. Despite this, psychological symptoms are often overlooked and can worsen all aspects of life if left untreated, including work.
Psychological symptoms include:
Physical symptoms are easier to recognise, although can still be difficult to distinguish. Family, friends, and colleagues may see these signs before you do.
Physical symptoms can include:
Social symptoms of depression are key identifiers for colleagues, family, and friends to spot depression in their counterparts.
Social symptoms include:
If you are experiencing more than a handful of the above symptoms, most of the day, every day, the recommendation is to speak to your GP for guidance.
All the above symptoms can be scary and hard to understand, especially on your own, so make sure you are talking to trusted family members or friends. Research into depression is key so you can get a better understanding but try to stick to credited websites, such as Health Assured and the NHS. Speak to your GP about advice and remember that you are not alone in these feelings.
If you are worried about your symptoms, ask yourself the following questions and use the scale method of 1 to 10. Try to be as honest as possible.
10 = overwhelmingly yes
5 = indifferent
1 = strong no
If you scored mostly 7 to 10 the strong recommendation would be to talk to your GP for advice. Ask about counselling options and if that would be the best fit for you. Speak to trusted friends and family that can help you along.
If you scored mostly 6 to 4 the recommendation would be to monitor your moods. Keep a diary, chat with trusted friends and family, get more physical exercise, and do more things you love. Book an appointment with your GP to see if they have any tips to improve your low mood.
If you scored 3 or below, seek advice and knowledge of depression to get a better understanding. Or chat with trusted family and friends for support and guidance, sometimes they may even relate.
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