Despite the roadblocks depression throws up for women in the workplace – a figure as high as 7.7 million women in the United States – 40% of those with depression do not seek treatment. This is especially surprising, given that 97% of depressed career women taking medication report better work performance and improved relationships with co-workers, according to a survey sponsored by the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and the National Mental Health Association (NMHA) reported by CCH.
More encouraging news could be found in word that 94% of the survey’s respondents saw improvements at work after seeking treatment for depression.Depression’s impact is profound for those women not seeking treatment, who attribute such erratic behavior as hiding under a desk, avoiding contact with coworkers, and not answering the phone to their depression. In fact, nearly a third of the survey samplefault their depression for “completely interfering” with their ability to do their job and 89% who quit or lost a job while suffering from depression blame their condition.
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