Return to Work After Being Treated for Depression


If you have missed work because of your depression, know that you are not alone. While everyone deals with depression differently, it’s not uncommon to miss work, or even take leave, in order to obtain treatment.

In fact, workers in the U.S. with depression miss 68 million more days of work compared to those who don’t have depression, resulting in more than $23 billion in lost productivity, according to results of a recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

Key Survey Findings

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index surveyed by telephone a random sample of more than 303,000 working adults over the age of 15 in the U.S., asking them about depression. Some interesting findings include:

  • • An average of 12 percent of all workers in the U.S. say they have been diagnosed with depression at some point in their life.
  • • About half of these people – 6.1 percent – are currently being treated for depression.
  • • Full-time workers who have been diagnosed with depression make up 10.8 percent of the U.S. full-time workforce and average 8.7 missed days of work each year due to poor health.
  • • Workers who have never been diagnosed with depression miss an average of 4.6 days of work per year.
  • • Part-time workers are more likely to report having been diagnosed with depression. A total of 16.6 percent of part-time workers miss an average of 13.7 work days per year due to poor health.
  • • Part-time workers without depression miss an average of 8.7 days per year.

Source: Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index


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