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Depression can lead to workplace injury

Depression is a serious problem that affects a number of people in New York. One of the consequences of depression is an increased risk of injury in the workplace, which can result in more workers' compensation claims. As a result, it is important that workers with depression get the help they need so it does not lead to additional issues at work or at home.

PsychCentral reports that women, especially, are at an increased risk of getting injured when they are depressed or fatigued. Behavioral health factors that can lead to injury include anxiety and poor sleep, and more than half of the women who were injured in the workplace reported some sort of behavioral health condition prior to the injury.

Along with injury, EHS Today discusses other negative consequences of undetected and untreated depression. These include:

  • Lower productivity
  • Higher rate of absenteeism
  • Job loss
  • Smoking
  • Substance abuse
  • Additional mental disorders

Employers must take a more proactive role to identify and address depression. Simply paying attention is a good start, as there are certain signs of depression that indicate help is needed. These signs include:

  • Sadness or listlessness
  • Lack of attention to grooming and dress
  • Productivity decline
  • Struggles with meeting deadlines 

Employers should also focus on depression education, which not only helps others help identify the signs but it also takes away some of the stigmatism that is often associated with mental health issues. Being more aware of what depression is and providing a supportive environment may help those suffering reach out for help.

 

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