Published on September 29, 2010 at 5:37 AM
"We are clearly making progress in the understanding and management of depression, however, we need to ensure that this knowledge and empathy towards those diagnosed with depression is translated into action," said Paula Allen, Vice President, Organizational Solutions, Shepell.fgi. "This survey found that three in ten employers made no accommodation when their employee returned to work and it is imperative that policies are in place that support workers through disability benefits, return to work programs and accommodation. All objectives are met if stigma goes away."
Taking Action to Manage Depression
With proper diagnosis and treatment, people are able to manage their depression. For Canadians that do seek help, anti-depressant use is the most common approach to managing depression (92 per cent) , followed by talk therapy or counseling (71 per cent) and through diet, exercise and/or light therapy (45 per cent).
"The good news is, satisfaction with medication is high, and those who discontinued treatment did so because they felt better and no longer required medication," said Dr. Jeff Habert commenting on the finding that 95 per cent of diagnosed Canadians report their current medication is effective. "What is concerning, is that on average, those who stopped taking their medication did so about six years ago, many because of side-effects, or fear of them. And along with increased awareness and changing attitudes , we've made great advancements with newer and better-tolerated medications."
Source: SHEPELL.FGI, MOOD DISORDER SOCIETY OF CANADA, PFIZER CANADA INC.