In the 2015 ADA Dentist Health and Wellness Survey, a total of 11 percent were diagnosed with depression, 6 percent were diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, and 4 percent were identified as suffering from panic attacks, according to the ADA Center for Professional Success.
The best way to support a colleague suffering from depression is to encourage them to seek help. The ADA has prepared a resource guide that identifies signs and symptoms a person battling with depression may present.
Signs and symptoms of depression include:
- Doesn’t seem to care about anything anymore.
- Is uncharacteristically sad, irritable, short-tempered, critical or moody.
- Has lost interest in work, hobbies and other pleasurable activities.
- Talks about feeling “helpless” or “hopeless.”
- Expresses a negative outlook on life.
- Frequently complains of aches and pains, such as headaches, stomach problems and back pain.
- Complains of feeling tired and drained all the time.
- Has withdrawn from friends, family and other social activities.
- Sleeps less than usual or oversleeps.
- Eats more or less than usual, and has recently gained or lost weight.
- Has become indecisive, forgetful or disorganized.
- Drinks more or abuses drugs, including prescription medications.
You will also find some tips to encourage a colleague to seek help.
The ADA’s Health and Wellness Program is here to help. Please contact Alison Bramhall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.440.2622