Signs your collegue or employee are dealing with depression or any other form of mental illness and how to assist them ?

Before i share the following post, i hope people understand the difference between a friend that is having burnout symptom or depression. Burnout cases does not require any form of medication for treatment while most depression cases does.

Burnout is a syndrome that results of a chronic stress at a workplace that has not been successfully manage. Cristina Maslach who studied and researched the burnout phenomenon stated that it includes three major components which are 1- Exhaustion 2-Cynicism 3-Inefficacy or reduce sense of accomplishment. The way it makes you feel really is similar to depression. But it is actually an emotional exhaustion and negative response as a result of prolong stress at your workplace or any other factor environment.

Understand that a depressed person will typically include physical changes in a way your body functions like energy level changes, appetite, sleep etc. And if you were to ask deeper, most of them are not having problems that are coming from work. But yes, workplace can be an aggravate factor for them. But usually some already may have depression way longer before they even start working. Sooner or later, only to realize that it has spiral down and affected their job or career if fail to seek for treatment earlier.

Here’s some signs you may notice and if you notice any of your friends are having atleast 5 of these and have lasted for more than a week or worsened over time. I think it’s time to lend a hand 🙂

  • Difficulty in making decisions, concentrating or focus.
  • Absenteeism/ frequent missing from work
  • Looks fatigue or tired
  • Complaints of having trouble sleeping at night
  • Unexplain sore and aching pains
  • Mention that he/she often sleeps too little or too much ( people often mistaken with being lazy)
  • Cancelling plans last minute
  • Substance abuse ( alcohol / drugs)
  • Easily irritated
  • Jokes about suicidal ideation
  • Often skip lunch with collegue ( more often they want to be left alone)
  • No pleasure in any form of activities

Next step is to approach them. Avoid using sentences like:

Be interested. Offer them assistance or share any knowledge that you have for them to seek help. It takes only one person to save a life from worsening. And all you need to do is ask a simple question. Be a good listener rather than a good advisor. Sometimes, all they need is just an ear to lend and a shoulder to lean through their tough times. Be mindful with your words too, a little encouragement or quotes goes along way with them. 🙂

Published by MindSolution

an avid reader, a writer and a resident doctor with bipolar

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