Study Shows Therapy Helps You Find A Job If You’re Depressed

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Study Shows Therapy Helps You Find A Job If You’re Depressed

Postby miniming » Mon 1. Mar 2021, 08:55

Study Shows Therapy Helps You Find A Job If You’re Depressed


The coronavirus pandemic has led to unprecedented job insecurity and job loss. In mid-April 2020, the national unemployment rate reached 14.7 %—the highest since the Great Depression. Fully 41 million American workers filed for unemployment between February and May of 2020. Unprecedented unemployment rates don't just have an impact on the unemployed, though. For people still employed during the Covid-19 pandemic, job insecurity and financial concern are tied to greater symptoms of depression and anxiety, according to research.

Unemployment And Depression: A Chicken And Egg Cycle

Depression goes hand-in-hand with unemployment and poor work performance, and that can create a vicious cycle. Research shows depression increases the risk of unemployment, and unemployment increases the risk of depression. If you’re gainfully employed and depressed, it can affect your productivity and the trajectory of your career. By the same token, if you’re out of a job, it can be depressing, and the depression can make it more difficult to land new employment.

A new study has found that when depression makes it hard for unemployed workers to find employment, a certain type of therapy can help land a position, especially during the pandemic when millions have lost their jobs. The study enrolled 126 participants diagnosed with major depressive disorder in a 16-week course of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression.

CBT is a type of therapy that helps people identify and change their negative beliefs that can lead to defeat and re-frame those beliefs into a more positive perspective that can improve their hope and motivation. When you’re under a lot of job stress, CBT can help you see situations in a different light and make smarter choices in your actions than depression might ordinarily cause you to make. In the study, out of the participants seeking employment, 41% were able to find jobs and improve their ability to focus on and accomplish work tasks by the end of the 16-weeks. The co-author of the study and professor of psychology at The Ohio State University told CNBC Make It, “Depression is the most common psychological disorder, and it’s more common among those with occupational challenges. So, when someone is depressed, the work-related challenges are compounded by the difficulties of being depressed.”

Steps You Can Take To Break The Cycle

With proper treatment, employees with depression get better. If you’re a manager, the key is to help employees access effective care. If you’re someone having depression seek help from your employer or some of the resources below. Meanwhile, self-care is the most important action you can take. Putting on the brakes and temporarily stepping away from work refills your dwindling reservoir, replenishes your mojo and provides an incubation period for embryonic work ideas to hatch. In those moments that might seem empty and needless, strategies and solutions that have been there all along in some embryonic form are given space to come to life.

If your depression is so debilitating that you can’t function at your usual standard, what do you do? Some experts advise you to be careful about what you tell your boss. It could cost you your job. You don’t want your personal life to interfere with your job performance, yet you don’t want management to think depression will prevent you from being up to speed. Your personal life is private, yet your boss’s understanding and support would be a huge relief. You might have a perfectly legitimate reason that you need your boss to understand and hopefully support during the hardship. Although sharing your personal life with your employer is daunting, your wellness is top priority. When you’re facing a difficult emotional crisis, your main focus and commitment is to take care of yourself first and do what’s best for you.

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