Mental Health in the Workplace Level 3 (VTQ)

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Depression - professionals discussion

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Understanding Depression

Overview of Depression

Depression is a widespread condition affecting many people, often unnoticed until its impact becomes apparent.

Causes of Depression

Depression can stem from various factors:

  • Physical illness: Sometimes part of a medical diagnosis.
  • Changes in life circumstances: Such as bereavement, loss, or relationship issues.

Recognising Depression in Others

If you notice signs of depression in a colleague or friend:

  • Take them aside for a private conversation in a supportive environment.
  • Express concern and offer assistance without pressure.

Types and Severity of Depression

Depression can range from mild to severe:

  • Mild to Moderate Depression: Common and manageable with appropriate support.
  • Severe Depression: Requires professional psychological or psychiatric diagnosis.

Impact and Duration

Unresolved issues can exacerbate depression:

  • Addressing underlying causes can alleviate symptoms.
  • Without intervention, depression may persist and worsen over time.

Resolution of Depression

Resolving triggering issues may:

  • Lead to complete resolution of depression without formal treatment.
  • Depends on individual coping mechanisms and support received.