Mental Health and Job Health

In a recent segment, NPR discusses the tragedy involving the Germanwings pilot suffering from depression who crashed a plane in France last month. NPR spoke with both a professor who has suffered from depression and a researcher of mental illness.

While often people do not disclose depression and mental illness in general to their employer due to stigma, fear of losing their jobs, or various other reasons, it does not necessarily mean they are performing poorly at their jobs. Most important to remember, however, is that depression is widely varied in severity, from acute, situation-related depressive symptoms to chronic and suicidal levels of depression. It can become much harder to detect when one is able to continue doing his or her job well and there is no particular situation causing depressive symptoms, which can be frustrating, confusing, and ultimately dangerous to the person in question.

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression or even slight symptoms of depression, you are encouraged to seek help. You can schedule an appointment with one of our therapists to discuss any concerns you might have by visiting our website.

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