13 October 2011

Depressed at your desk

Many people in the workplace are affected by depression and other mental problems. Companies and medical schemes can benefit by giving their support to these employees.

Between 15% and 30% of South Africa's workforce will experience mental health problems at some point in their careers.  If you are lucky enough not to be affected yourself, chances are that you might still have to deal with a colleague who suffers from mental illness at some point.

And unlike people experiencing a bad mood, "people with depression can't just pull themselves together," said Hitzeroth. It is a neurological problem that causes structural changes in the brain and involves both the mind and the body. It is optimally treated with a combination of anti-depressant medication and psychotherapy.


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