Mental Health and the Workplace

Facts About Mental Health Disorders Among the American Workforce

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States with a mental health disorder. In addition, over 70% report feeling at least one symptom of stress including headaches and anxiety.

In 2014, $186 billion was spent on health care services to treat mental health disorders. Despite the billions spent, only a small portion of adults with a diagnosable mental health disorder ever sought or received treatment. For those that did receive treatment, many did not continue treatment.

How Does Mental Health Affect the Workplace?

Mental health can affect nearly every aspect of a person’s job performance. It can reduce productivity and leave them feeling isolated from their coworkers. In many cases, mental health concerns can limit their abilities and inhibit their ability to function. 

Common mental health disorders that affect job performance:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder

Mental health concerns should be addressed immediately by a professional. There are treatment options that can help you find a balance and improve your physical and mental well-being. 

Recognizing a mental health disorder in yourself or others can be difficult. Many people mask feelings of depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns from their coworkers. It is important to be open and honest. Many people have felt it difficult to come forward with mental health concerns particularly while working from home, but there is help available.

Your mental well-being can be extremely important to your success at your workplace. If you are one of the 44.7 million people suffering from a diagnosable mental health disorder, you are not alone. Get the help you need today.