Depressive illness can change the way a person thinks and behaves, and how his/her body functions. According to the Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health, disability costs represent 12% of payroll costs, and mental health claims, particularly depression, are the fastest growing category of disability costs in Canada.
Some symptoms to look for are:
• Feeling worthless, helpless or hopeless
• Sleeping more or less than usual
• Eating more or less than usual
• Having difficulty concentrating or making decisions
• Loss of interest in taking part in activities
• Decreased sex drive
• Avoiding other people
• Overwhelming feelings of sadness or grief
• Feeling unreasonably guilty
• Loss of energy, feeling very tired
• Thoughts of death or suicide
What can I do?
Many people do not seek help for depression or bipolar disorder, sometimes because their symptoms prevent them from recognizing the seriousness of their situation. It can also result from the stigma that surrounds both these conditions, making people feel like they are weak or at fault. It is important to know that depression and bipolar disorder are treatable. Friends and family can be supportive by learning all they can about the condition affecting their loved one. You can learn more from support groups and community health associations.
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