According to a 2004 Rand Corporation report, depression results in more absenteeism than almost any other physical disorder and costs employers more than US$51 billion per year in absenteeism and lost productivity.
Many of us struggle day in and day out. That does not mean that we suffer from depression. But, for others, it does. If you are worried about a friend or family member who you think may be suffering from depression, you can and should help. But, how can you do this? Recognizing depression in others is difficult, unless you pay attention.
There are many signs that someone is suffering from depression. The most common thing to notice is how they have changed. Often times, people who suffer from depression have changed. They no longer do the things that made them happy. They no longer value their friendships. They isolate themselves by avoiding others. Sometimes, the changes are very small, even unnoticeable. While they may put on a fake front, you can tell that something is different or wrong.
Do you feel that someone you care about is suffering from depression? If so, you can try and talk to them. But, do not be aggressive. They will more than likely need to speak to their doctor about being diagnosed. You can not force the issue as it will only make their situation seem more desperate. People who are suffering from depression need help. By encouraging them to seek out professional help, you are telling them that you care.
For more information about doing this or other information about depression visit the internet. One good website to check out is www.avoiddepression.com. It’s not a medical website, but a source for information about this disease.
S A Baker is staff writer and recommends visiting Depression Self Test to learn more about depression.