For those experiencing depression, managing daily tasks and coping with symptoms in the workplace can be difficult. In some cases, workplace stress may even be a cause of depression.

Depression in the workplace is highly prevalent amongst both men and women, and it's a growing concern. Those experiencing depression at work often show signs of cognitive difficulties, decreased productivity, and absenteeism.

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Why Depression Occurs at Work

  • Too much or too little workload
  • Underappreciation
  • Inconsistent management performance procedures
  • Lack of control/job insecurity
  • Negative atmosphere
  • Abrupt changes within the workplace
  • Limited or abstract communication practices
  • External sources

Burnout

Characterized by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and low personal attainment, burnout has been linked to increased incidence and severity of depression. It's often the hardest workers — those with high expectations and perfectionism — who are most susceptible to burnout. Over time, these workers reach limits in their energy, attention and dedication to their work.

If left untreated, long-term burnout can lead to decreased productivity, missed work days, mental illness, substance abuse, family conflict and even suicide. It's not something to ignore. Those experiencing burnout should seek help.

Symptoms of Burnout

  • Changes in appetite
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Memory disturbances
  • Irritability
  • Low self-esteem, self-doubt
  • Hopelessness
  • Isolation
  • Impaired judgment

Treatment Options

Professional treatment such as a psychiatrist, psychologist or mental health counselor, social worker is generally recommended to individuals experiencing a moderate to severe form of mental illness. A mental health professional may recommend various treatments such as behavioral activation, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy or antidepressant medication.

Self care, including taking time for yourself, getting physical activity, and eating well, can lessen the symptoms for people experiencing mood disorders. Read more about self care and alternative treatment options.

Support Resources

MDAM Peer Support Line: (204) 786-0987 or 1-800-263-1460 (9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday – Friday)

MDAM Support Groups: View Support Groups

First Nations & Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310 (Outside of Province)

Health links: (204) 788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (24 hours/ 7 days a week)

Manitoba Suicide Line: 1 (877) 435-7170, reasontolive.ca

Manitoba Farm & Rural Support Services: www.supportline.ca or 1 (866) 367-3276 (10 a.m. - 9 p.m./ Monday - Friday)

View our comprehensive list of crisis support options throughout Manitoba.