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Depression Research

By: Sarah Grady
By: Sarah Grady

This time of year we often hear about depression commonly known as the "holiday blues." Yet research suggests it's not just a seasonal disorder.

The World Health Organization predicts depression will be the number two killer come 2020. Yet studies show 80 percent do not seek help with more than 50 percent seeing it as a weakness.

FSU business researcher Wayne Hochwarter says, "Most of people simply don't come forward because they're afraid people will look at them differently, their manager will look at them differently, and raises and promotions won't come their way if they show they need some form of assistance."

Hochwarter says employers can increase awareness about depression by posting informational flyers, and holding trainings to help managers identify employees suffering from the treatable disorder.


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