Workplace Depression—The Invisible Killer of 21st Century职场抑郁症

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Depression is an enormous burden on its own, let alone in the workplace, where one risks discrimination, isolation and even unemployment if they choose to disclose that they are facing signs of depression.

According to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are an estimated 350 million people worldwide suffering from depression. While other deadly conditions such as heart diseases or AIDs can be easily detected, depression often kills silently.

In Malaysia, the number of people facing depression is on the rise. According to the National Suicide Registry, 60 Malaysians take their lives every month due to depression.

Unfortunately, our society is still lagging behind in coping with this problem. The fast-paced changes in our workplace have only added more burden to workers’ mental health. The market has become more demanding about the quality of work, yet the quantity of work keeps piling on to each worker as companies seek to retrench and reduce labor costs.

While stress is something that everyone experiences at work, not everyone is able to manage stress in a healthy way, and that should be our concern. Someone with clinical depression may be especially vulnerable to highly stressful situations, especially if their depression is not adequately managed.

The author of Beat the Blues Before They Beat You: How to Overcome Depression, says added stress at work might be contributing to depression. “There are increasing demands for productivity to increase profits, while support staff has shrunk,” says Dr Leahy. “Moreover, people often report feeling stuck in a no-win, glass-ceiling job, but they fear being out in the market place in such difficult times. As a result they feel trapped and helpless.”

To make things worse, many do not even know they are suffering from depression, and even if they suspect it, they often choose to hide it because they fear losing their job.

I know many people who read this blog are managers. To be a responsible boss, we need to constantly pay attention to our staff’s mental health, and create a healthy working environment. Here are three main issues that may cause your employees to suffer from stress and possibly depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues. We should pay attention to these causes:

  1. Problems with marriage, family or finances. These are common problems that everyone has a chance of facing. If handled inadequately, it can severely affect worker’s morale and productivity.
  2. A stressful working environment, unfair treatment, unsustainable workload, bad relationship with one’s superiors can all cause huge stress at the workplace.
  3. The pursuit of perfection—perfectionists often feel that they are unable to handle the work they have been given. They impose unrealistic standards on themselves and do not know how to handle stress.

The good news is that depression is treatable. Early recognition of the condition, having access to the right information, and adequate treatment can help people get on the path to recovery and go back to work quickly. Healthy employees are able to perform much better at work and form better relationships. Many mental health problems in the workplace can also be prevented when managers put in the effort to create mentally healthy workplaces for everyone.

If you are someone that is suffering from signs of depression, remember that there are many avenues of support and treatment out there that you can seek out. You do not have to suffer in silence. If you are constantly stressed at work, try to realign your priorities and schedule: no amount of money you make can compensate for the loss of happiness, mental health and passion for life.

Last but not least, to managers and bosses: let us remember that being kind to employees means retaining valued workers and a creating a productive workforce. That is the strongest argument for investing in our workers’ mental health.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]21世纪职场隐形杀手——抑郁症(Workplace Depression)





在马来西亚,忧郁症患者已有显着的增长,根据马来西亚全国自杀注册事件局(National Suicide Registry Malaysia)的调查显示,每个月就有60名大马人因为抑郁症而自杀。


而选择自杀的人,或许都是大家口中的“人生胜利组”,例如台湾华硕(Asus)财务长张伟明以及美国金球奖影帝罗宾威廉斯(Robin Williams)都选择自尽,他们各自都是该领域最顶尖出色的人,在人前总是坚强能干或欢笑以对,最终却选择自我了断,后来也证实,两人皆不约而同长期罹患抑郁症。这样的个案,让人不禁反思,我们身处的职场里,是否还有很多“隐形”抑郁患者?














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