Depression in the Workplace: Prevalence and the Impact on Health Costs and Productivity
Originally published by Cammack LaRhette, 2011
According to the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and within the United States (WHO; NIMH). Approximately 16.2% of Americans had Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in their lifetime while 6.6% of the population has had MDD in the past 12 months (Kessler, 2008). Within the working population, approximately 6.4% of Americans had MDD (Kessler, 2008). The prevalence of MDD does not differ significantly by education or occupation, although depression is significantly higher in women and is inversely associated with age.
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