For many aggressive and driven individuals, the workplace is like a second home. It is where you feel supported and valued. A healthy workplace motivates employees, inspiring you to be better and to achieve greatness in your chosen field.
There are times, however, when the struggle for wealth and recognition creates an unhealthy work environment which adds to your stress. This takes a toll on your psychological health and general well-being, affecting not only your productivity but the business’ bottom line, as well. This stress may develop into a mental health risk.
Common Mental Health Problems
Around 40 million Americans – or one in five adults – struggle with mental health conditions. Mental health problems among the youth have also worsened, with incidences of youth depression increasing from 8.5% in 2011 to 11.1% in 2014, according to the community-based nonprofit organization Mental Health America.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition shares that anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are the most common mental health disorders affecting employees. One study found that depression ranked first among five health problems which cost companies a hefty amount of money on medical and pharmacy expenses.
Avoiding the Stigma
A study published by the Harvard Health Publications acknowledges the fact that mental health disorders in the workplace are often unrecognized and untreated. This is understandable as employees are reluctant to seek treatment because of the stigma that comes with the condition. While the symptoms go unnoticed, the effects are often tangible, such as the sudden and significant decrease in productivity.
Some companies and studies use the World Health Organization’s Health and Work Performance Questionnaire to gauge the mental health situation in an office. This research tool asks employees certain questions, such as how many days they call in sick for work, and assesses their performance at work.
Mental health problems are no longer isolated cases and may affect any gender, race, and socioeconomic status. Or they could be triggered by workplace stress. If you often feel under the weather due to the rat race you’re in, there are services you can access to help you deal with office struggles and other issues. At LifeCraft Counseling, LLC, we offer therapy and counseling in Denver to help you cope with challenges.
Contact us now for more information or to schedule your consultation.