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Quiz: Depression in the workplace

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Clinical depression is a serious illness that experts claim affects between 6% and 10% of the workforce. Here are some true-or-false questions to measure your understanding of the topic:

1. Depression in the workplace initially begins with problems outside of work. True or False?

2. Studies show that workers in certain types of jobs are more prone to suffer from depression. True or False?

3. Sound supervisory practices can reduce the incidence or severity of depression among team members. True or False?

4. If I encounter depression among my team members, I should try to notify their family or friends rather than urging them myself to seek help. True or False?

ANSWERS

1. False. Often it does, but depression can also be caused by work problems, such as job stress.

2. True. A study published in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epistemology found the highest rate of depression was found among those who work in jobs with frequent public contact and low physical activity (e.g., bus drivers).

3. True. Team building, especially, reduces the sense of isolation among employees and creates a sense of community. These sorts of connections can help provide solutions to mental health problems.

4. False. Experts say that supervisors and co-workers are often better at identifying signs of depression and sometimes more able to encourage sufferers to seek professional help.

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