As a neuroengineer and a researcher, Dr. Curtis Cripe has spent a considerable amount of time learning about mental health issues. He believes that one of the most prevalent problems that needs the most attention revolves around depression.
Over the years, Americans have come to realize just how serious a problem workplace depression can be. Because of this, mental health professionals, researchers, and HR specialists have come together to discuss the ways people can deal with workplace depression.
Here are some of the ways to deal with people suffering from workplace depression.
Dr. Curtis Cripe knows all too well just how hard it is to spot people with depression. Sometimes they’re right under everyone’s noses and are still unrecognized because of extremely subtle signs and symptoms. If a co-worker looks to be lacking focus, moody, withdrawn, irritable, or constantly fatigued, it might be a sign of workplace depression.
Probably the worst thing anyone can be in an office is to discriminate against those who are suffering discriminating. A key to dealing with people who are suffering from depression is understanding. And to do that, Dr. Curtis Cripe recommends that people learn more by reading the many resources available to them, whether online or in a public library.
Be kind and proactive.
While many companies nowadays are more than willing to help people with workplace depression, other businesses have yet to adopt this approach. In this case, as a colleague, it’s still possible to help. Listen to them and allow them to air what weighs them down. Every little bit helps.
Curtis Cripe, Ph.D., founded the Crossroads Institute, which developed telemedicine brain training delivery systems for children with learning disabilities and other developmental delays. He is the current head of research and development for the NTL Group. More neurology-related reads here.