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Depression, anxiety disorders can impact your ability to work

October 10, 2017 2:19 PM
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Depression, anxiety disorders can impact your ability to work

JOHANNESBURG - Tuesday, 10 October 2017, marks World Mental Health Day and this year’s theme is Mental health in the workplace.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression and anxiety disorders are common mental disorders that have an impact on our ability to work, and to work productively.

Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability. More than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders. Many of these people live with both.

If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, you need to see a doctor who can assess the situation, prescribe medication if necessary and put you in touch with a psychologist or psychiatrist. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) is a great resource for guidance and support. Visit the website at

No matter how awful you feel, it’s important to keep to regular appointments, routines, engagements and sleep/wake times.

Take time off work or restructure your work schedule into tasks that are more easily completed, require less concentration and can be accomplished in shorter periods of time.

Mindfulness is a focus on living in the present. It is calmly accepting your feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. Meditation can help you to be more mindful and when you are mindful, you’re taking responsibility for what you do, why you’re doing it and recognising that you have choices.

This is as essential for mental health as it is for physical health. In general, the average person needs regular daily cardiovascular, weight-bearing exercise.


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