Depression affecting work performance

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Depression affecting work performanceOn 1 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Anxiety and depression, and the medication for them prescribed by doctors,appear to affect workplace performance, according to research published by theHSE. A study conducted by the Health and Safety Ergonomics Unit at LoughboroughUniversity and the Department of Health and Social Care at Brunel University,found sufferers described a variety of accidents and near misses that theybelieved were linked to their condition or the side effects of medication. Those with responsibilities for others, such as teachers, doctors ormanagers, seemed to present a particular risk to safety at work. The study said that failing to take medication was common because of its unpleasantside effects, lack of improvement of symptoms or because it made people feelworse at first. Sufferers were often unprepared for the side effects and would have welcomedbetter information from doctors and pharmacists. Mental health problems were not well understood by employers, with littlesupport in the workplace, the study concluded. Professor Cheryl Haslam, of the University of Nottingham’s Institute ofWork, Health and Organisations (formerly of Department of Health and SocialCare at Brunel), said: “People suffering from anxiety and depressionexperience great difficulties at work managing their symptoms and dealing withthe side effects of their medication. “Many were unprepared for the fact that it can take two or three weeksbefore they start to see improvements. Patients need more information from GPsabout the medication and the side effects, so they know what to expect.”

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