Managing Work Place Depression

By Reliance HMO
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The signs are usually always there - decreased productivity, irritability, low energy, moodiness/broodiness, sudden absence from work, anger and bouts of anxiety. The aforementioned signs, though can sometimes point to laziness and lack of motivation - are usually affiliated to a more serious situation - depression.

During the 2017 World Health Day, The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that 7,079,815 Nigerians suffer from depression, one of the most ignored and misunderstood form of mental disorder in the country. This number puts the percentage of the population suffering from depression at 3.9%; making Nigeria, according to the current prevalence rate, the country with the most depressed people in Africa.

Dealing with depression in the workplace is never easy, especially as a Nigerian, where the disease is often times confused with several other things. In this first volume of this topic, we are giving insights on tackling depression as an employee who is keen on staying on the job and giving their best. If you’re dealing with depression and you’re not sure what to, keep reading.

Recognize the signs

If you feel more than 90% of the aforementioned symptoms - decreased productivity, irritability, low energy, moodiness/broodiness, sudden absence from work, anger and bouts of anxiety - and it is taking you tremendous effort to associate with colleagues and keep to deadlines, then it’s time to face the truth - you are depressed and it is time to seek treatment.

Find a system that works

For people who aren’t new to this, they’ve somehow found a system that works for them. Most people have said that writing about the problem makes them feel lighter, while others find rest while sharing with loved ones. For some, it requires long hours of rest and a short trip to a favorite place. If you’re working and you’re not due for a leave, you can get through each work day by setting clear goals, creating lists and highlighting top priorities. This helps to not lose sight of your work needs.

Get Help

If you’ve tried everything and the depressive spell persists, then get medical help. While this might not be cheap, most companies have health insurance coverage for their staff and if you’re lucky to be working in one of these companies, then reach out to your HR to inquire about the specifics of your plan. If you’re not working in one of these companies or you’re self employed, fret not, there’s a way out. With RelianceHMO 3,500 monthly plan, you’re covered through and through. It takes less than 10 minutes to sign up and you can do everything on your phone. You have access to doctors on the go for a clear perspective on the issue and for the best treatment available.

Be easy on yourself

Take care of your body and mind. It is important to know that you’re not alone and this is not an uncommon disease or an insurmountable situation. While you’re being proactive about your treatment, take it one day at a time and be very gentle with yourself. Take a walk when you can; a light jog or run can churn up endorphins to ease some depression symptoms, also meditate and relax your mind while taking long rests.
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Published Tuesday, March 27th 2018

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