Depression in the workplace is associated with high indirect costs related to absenteeism and impaired performance

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Abstract

Depression affects many people in the workforce and is associated with substantial direct, indirect and intangible costs. Unlike other chronic conditions, the actual cost of depression is not obvious, as most of the costs involve indirect loss-of-productivity costs, rather than direct medical costs. Evidence-based treatment of depression with pharmaceutical agents and/or psychotherapy may reduce absenteeism and restore productivity, thereby reducing its overall cost to society

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