Everybody at some point in their life have a phase of sadness that is temporary and ends in a few days. But if this phase continues for more than a week experts call it Extended Depression. If this condition persists and the patient gives hints of suicide, it is called a Major Depressive Episode. According to a recent research study conducted by the World Health Organization, Indians have the highest instances of Major Depressive Episodes (36%) as compared to those living in other countries in the world. It was also seen that people with more money are more depressed than the ones who are poor. Depression can be caused due to several reasons, like difficult relationships, loss of a loved one, unemployment, medical illness, friction with a colleague at work, excessive work load, or any other work issue. For a professional, depression can affect the workplace in more ways than one. This includes taking unexpected, frequent and long leaves, feeling bored or fatigued all the time, poor concentration, making silly mistakes, thinking of suicide, wondering about the possibility of death, indecisiveness on work or even small matters, and low self-esteem. It is therefore important to treat depression so as to lead a normal and happy life.
Here is a list of ways to handle depression at the workplace:
Recognize Depression Symptoms – This is the first step to treating depression. If you know what you are up against, dealing with the situation gets easier.
Proper Education about Depression – There are numerous websites that provide information, advice and treatment suggestions for this condition. Browse through them and make proper notes of your options and understanding.
Professional Help – The ideal way to handle depression is to seek help from a family physician or an Occupational Health Professional. They can give the best advice and medication in these conditions. Usually when depression is chronic, patients are asked to take Antidepressants.
Confide in Someone – Every person needs someone to talk to and feel like there is someone there who is supportive and does not judge. If you have someone like this in your life, confiding in him/ her will help you alleviate your depressive phase. Such a friend will need to be able to listen and show empathy. He needs to keep a check on the depressed one regularly to make sure he/ she is getting better or worse.
Fitness and Exercise – Exercising and fitness routines help the ‘happy’ hormones to flow. This can help to reduce the constant feeling of sadness during Depression.
Keep yourself Busy – The most common way to not let depression affect you is to get involved actively. You can do different things that you find enjoyable, like go out with friends (but avoid going to the bar or anywhere near alcohol), watch movies, play outdoor and indoor games etc.
To stop doing mistakes at work – Depression makes a person lose concentration and feel uninterested in everything. But at the workplace if you are slacking, you probably will be in trouble. It is best to talk to a colleague you trust or your reporting officer about your condition. Work the condition out with them. Break the work into small tasks and complete them keeping the priority of each in mind. This realistic approach can help you handle depression at workplace in the best way possible.
Stop Expecting – One of the common causes of depression includes having expectations that are not being fulfilled, be it in the workplace or at home. It is time to understand that expecting will not take you anywhere. Give your depressive condition priority and counsel your mind into stopping to expect anything. Depression itself is difficult to come out of. You will have to give yourself time and make tremendous effort to return to your normal self.
Positive Thinking – When a person is depressed he has filled himself with a lot of negative energy. Thinking positively and not letting the negative thoughts spread inside you can help a lot in handling depression. If you like music, you can listen to some of your favorite songs when you feel that negativeness affecting you. Panic is a general sign of this condition.