Dealing with Depression In The Workplace
To Look Out For And What You Can Do
Although as a lay-person you are not expected to lift a person’s depression, it’s wise to be informed about what depression is, and how you can adapt your style or approach to dealing with a person with depression.
Depression Signs and Symptoms
If you have been feeling down or out of sorts, your thoughts can easily turn to whether you are depressed or not. Whether you fit with the signs of depression or not, is unimportant. If you are feeling so down that you need to do something about it, that is enough.
Common signs of depression;
Only a qualified doctor or health practitioner can formally diagnose you with clinical depression, however it is important to recognise that there are many things you can do to lift depression and inoculate yourself from future depression.
Depression Statistics and Key Understandings
How Depression Can Affect Learning and Development
All or Nothing (or Black or White) Thinking.
At the same time, a nearby householder looks out of his window and
thinks "What a piece of luck! That tree has blown down and the view
is absolutely fantastic now." A local beetle considers it great
luck because he and his family now have somewhere to live for the
next 29 generations.
Introduce shades of grey into their learning experiences. Get the learner to give themselves marks out of ten for e.g. accuracy, improvement and difficulty so they learn to recognise there are many ways to assess performance, and there are more two outcomes.
2. Learned Helplessness
If a learner has had bad experiences of learning previously and been unable to improve the situation, they may believe that all learning is bad and be resigned to failure. It is important to show the learner that they have control over the learning experience, and if things aren’t working for them, that it is their right and responsibility to make changes.
3. Explanatory Styles
Listen to how your learner explains events. The “explanatory style” your learner uses may be positive and enhance learning, or negative and slow or stop learning in its tracks.
The learner may have low opinions of their ability, which is “their fault”, “make them too stupid to work” and “will never get better”. This negative explanation will make it difficult to move on and make progress. Words to look out for; always, never, perfect, impossible, awful, ruined, terrible, disastrous, furious etc.
Without dwelling on past history, it may be useful to help the learner come up with a more positive way of viewing their ability e.g. “the school didn’t do anything about my truancy but I can commit to doing 2 hours per week on learning”, “I am great at carpentry and making my kids laugh and need to improve in writing in front of other people”, and “in 4 weeks time I will be able to complete a crossword during my tea-break at work”.
4. Anxiety = Uncertainty x Importance
An anxious mind cannot learn, so we can work on reducing anxiety by encouraging the learner to do relaxation regularly, particularly before a lesson, and reduce overall anxiety.
how to tolerate uncertainty will also enhance learning. Encourage
your learner to be “okay” with not knowing how things
will turn out. List all possible outcomes, good, bad or indifferent,
and come up with coping strategies for the worst case scenarios.
of this summary is taken, with permission, from "The Depression
Learning Path" , on www.clinical-depression.co.uk
by Uncommon Knowledge. This covers depression
depression and treating
depression and is free.
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