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40 Percent of Depressed Americans Miss Work

By Nick Tate   |   Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 12:02 PM

Two in five people with depression have reported needing to take time off of work — an average of 10 days a year — because of the mental-health condition.
 
The findings, based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, suggest the societal and economic burden of depression in the workplace is greater than many health specialists have previously believed.
 
Employers Health, an Ohio-based employer coalition, said the results come from a new U.S. survey of American workers and released them at the National Business Coalition on Health annual meeting in Washington, D.C., this week.
 
"The survey provides evidence surrounding the detrimental impact of depression on the U.S. workforce and the associated stigma of the disease," said Brian Klepper, chief executive officer of the National Business Coalition on Health. "The results demonstrate the vital need for employers to provide support and resources in the workplace for those suffering from this debilitating disease."
 
About one in 10 Americans will suffer from a depressive illness in their lifetimes, and the condition is the second-leading cause of disability worldwide. About 64 percent of individuals who participated in the new survey reported difficulty concentrating, indecisiveness, and/or forgetfulness — problems that hindered their ability to perform normal work tasks.
 
Yet 58 percent of employees surveyed who have been diagnosed with depression said they had not told their employer of their disease. In addition, 49 percent felt telling their employer would put their job a risk and, given the economic climate, 24 percent felt it was too risky to share their diagnosis with their employer.
 
The researchers estimated $100 billion is spent annually on depression-related costs by U.S. employers, including $44 billion a year in lost productivity alone. Additionally, mental illness short-term disability claims are growing by 10 percent annually. Yet more than 35 percent of managers reported receiving no formal support or resources to guide such employees, the researchers said.

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