How working can help you with your depression

09 October 2018

How working can help you with your depression

Depression may include the following symptoms:

  • Behaviour: Not getting things done, reduced social contact, using alcohol and drugs, avoiding usual enjoyable activities, trouble with memory and concentration. 
  • Feelings: Guilty, irritable, frustrated, unhappy, indecisive, sad and disappointed.
  • Thoughts: “What’s the point?” “It’s my fault.” “People would be better off without me.”
  • Physical health: Tired, run-down, changes in appetite, having headaches and muscle pains.

These symptoms may have an impact upon an individual’s ability to seek and undertake work. However, work can also be an important part of an individual’s recovery from depression.

When to seek help:

It is important to seek help for depression if you’ve been feeling particularly sad or overwhelmed. Booking an appointment with a GP can be a good place to start.

A GP can:

  • Listen to your concerns
  • Check for any other health issues
  • Discuss types of treatment such as medication/ lifestyle changes
  • Refer you to specially trained mental health professionals - counsellor, psychologist, psychiatrist or social workers

How working can help you with depression:

Working while having a mental health condition such as depression may have a number of benefits. Improved quality of life, having structure and routine in daily life, feeling a sense of meaning and purpose, social inclusion and financial security, are all important benefits. Workskil Australia can support you, click here to find out more about our Allied Health Services.

Sometimes when someone is feeling depressed, they may have thoughts about suicide. If you or someone you know if having thoughts of suicide, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 (24/7). If it is an emergency, call 000.

References:

  • https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/
  • https://www.headsup.org.au/
  • http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/
  • https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-involved/ambassadors
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2008). National Survey of Mental Health