business news in context, analysis with attitude

The Washington Post reports on a new study done by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health suggesting that seven percent of the nation’s full-time employees suffered from clinical depression during the past year, wrestling with a loss of interest and pleasure as well as “problems with sleep, eating, energy, concentration and self-image.”

According to the story, “people who tend to the elderly, care for children and serve food and drinks have the highest rates of depression among U.S. workers” – as high as 11 percent. In addition, “women were more likely than men to have had a major bout of depression, and younger workers had higher rates of depression than their older colleagues.”

This isn’t just an emotional issue, but also one with fiscal implications. Studies say that “depression leads to $30 billion to $44 billion in lost productivity annually,” according to the Post.
KC's View: