According to research, there has been a higher depression rate among adults since the outburst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Depression is a severe mental condition that completely affects a person’s mood and thoughts.
An employee suffering from depression can affect the company’s productivity and morale. As you work with people, you may begin to notice some changes in their mood and behavior. Here is how you can tell if an employee is struggling with depression.
Persistent Mood Swings and Erratic Behaviors
Most employees struggling with depression display several mood swings and have conflicting emotions. They might also display strange behaviors.
Easily Frustrated, Angered, and Irritated
The stress and anxiety associated with depression can frustrate people very quickly. You can tell by how these people react to fellow employees and approach projects.
Lots of Time Off
While other employees might just need a day or two off, employees with depression might ask for more time off from work to be alone.
Inability to Solve a Problem or Having Moments Of Confusion
If you notice that an employee finds it difficult to focus and solve problems and quickly gets confused, it could be a sign of depression.
Anxiety, Worry, and Fear
Employees struggling with depression might become paranoid about their coworkers and work environment and become anxious about their job. Their unnecessary fears and anxiety are signs of depression.
Withdrawal From Social Events
You might notice that a coworker or an employee is withdrawing from any social event, especially with other employees. This is because people who struggle with depression would rather be lonely or isolate themselves.
It doesn’t matter if you are an employee or the boss; prioritize your mental health always. Start by checking out our helpful resource page.