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Workers Hide Workplace Depression

Most employees with depression think revealing their condition to colleagues could have a detrimental impact on their working life, a survey showed today.

Eight out of 10 (79%) believe it could cause problems while 32% of those who have disclosed their condition say they have been turned down for a job as a result.

Figures suggest that one in 10 people of working age in the UK suffers depression.

But just one in four (25%) of those have informed their personnel departments of their condition, the survey showed.

Of those who have revealed their condition, 51% believe they are discouraged from taking on exciting projects (51%), 48% are avoided by colleagues and 47% have received snide comments.

Half (50%) say they have been passed over for promotion and 14% have no access to support at work.

Sufferers most desired flexitime, cover for time off and counselling, the survey also revealed.

But almost half (46%) of 288 people surveyed with depression said having a job helped them feel on the road to recovery.

Emer O'Neill, chief executive of the Depression Alliance, which launched the survey, said: "Having a job is very important to people with depression so employers and colleagues need to have a much greater understanding of the challenges faced by people with depression in order to provide the support they need to contribute fully."

The survey also found that 75% of people felt low energy levels was the most distressing aspect of their depression.

More than eight in 10 (83%) believed their work was adversely affected by poor quality of sleep, contributing to 40% having lost a job because of it.

Ms O'Neill said: "Sleep disturbance can have a major impact in people with depression, and this data also highlights the importance of healthcare professionals and patients working in partnership to manage their depression in a way that will not negatively impact on their sleep."