Study Touts Stress Management Skills to Help Prevent Workplace Depression.
A study of the literature on the prevention of depression in the workplace, revealed that “employees can help prevent depression by building proactive factors such as better coping and stress management skills.” The review was conducted by Dr. Gregory P. Couser, MD, MPH, Instructor in Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic and published in the April 2008 Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
The article pointed out the increasing burden of disease related to depression worldwide, with unipolar depression expected to become the second-ranked cause of disease burden in 2020. Workers in the United States cost employers an estimated $44 billion per year in lost productive time in 2002, an excess of $31 billion per year compared with peers without depression.
Dr. Couser concludes that “a strategy to prevent depression in the workplace can include developing individual resilience, screening high-risk individuals and reducing that risk, improving organizational literacy, and integrating workplace and healthcare systems to allow access to proactive quality interventions.”
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