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.
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Bruce Springsteen was not always in control of his life. The Boss reveals in his memoir, “Born to Run,” how he struggled with depression at different periods. He admitted going through a difficult time while making “Wrecking Ball,” his 2012 album. He described the feeling as a ”freight train bearing down …” and added that he saw his first psychotherapist three decades ago.
Recognizing the Problem
The first step toward resolving any kind of problem is admitting that it exists. This does not come easy for most men because it implies a submission to defeat. Hopefully, Springsteen’s revelation would encourage more men who feel isolated and stuck in life to get men’s counseling. Denver clinics like ours offer specialized counseling that addresses your specific struggles at home, at work — life, in general.
The Boss’s disclosure is important because it highlights a few issues about men. One, men do struggle with depression. Two, the struggle will not always manifest in an obvious way. And three, getting support is not a weakness, but rather a decisive action to regain control of life.
Your problem does not need to be as distressing as Springsteen’s. But it is still disruptive to your relationships and your routines, and keep you from reaching your goals. Without any person to talk to about your struggles and the general anxiety you are feeling, the weight of it all will crush you eventually. Seeking counselling of life coaching will prevent something in your life from giving in.
Let LifeCraft help you figure out why you are feeling the way you are feeling, and how you can get back on track. I can talk you through the process and help you regain control of your life. Call me about my services or schedule a session today.