Depression after job loss

The loss of a job can be a traumatic experience. Many people find themselves faced with serious financial considerations, family troubles, and emotional issues. All of these factors can trigger or exacerbate mental health issues, including depression. Depression affects more than 20 million people in the United States and is treatable with the help of mental health professionals.

Job loss depression

Some professions are more closely associated with depression than others due to things like stress, long hours, and lack of control. While rates of depression for some professions may be higher than the general population, depression can affect anyone and there are many common symptoms to look for in both yourself and others. Experts say experiencing any of the following symptoms every day for more than two weeks may be an indicator of depression:

  • Sadness
  • Lack of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness
  • Weight or appetite changes
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or activities
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Not everyone dealing with depression will display these symptoms, and people may display others not listed here. But if you suspect you or a loved one may be experiencing depression, it’s important to seek help.

Depression treatment methods

Depression affects everyone differently, so there is no single treatment method that will work for every individual. It’s important to recognize that and explore treatment modalities that will work for your specific situation. Treatment for depression often involves some form of cognitive behavioral therapy and may include the use of prescription medications. There are also a number of alternative treatment methods as well as simple lifestyle factors like changes to your diet and daily exercise routine that can help alleviate symptoms.

Hope for those with depression

Many people live with depression for years and are able to manage their symptoms effectively. But because of the health concerns and increased risk of self-harm, depression is not an issue that should be taken lightly. After years of stigma surrounding all types of mental health issues, society is now more understanding, leading to more frank and honest conversations in the workplace and elsewhere. Many employers now offer resources for depression and other mental health issues, and just like with physical ailments, treating such issues is important for your overall health and wellbeing.

Below you will find additional information and resources on depression:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website

An overview of depression, its symptoms and treatment methods

Information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Resources available from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Signs of depression you may not recognize

Information and resources for suicide prevention

Treatment options from the National Alliance on Mental Illness