Symptoms of depression and their effects on employment

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This study looks at the role that symptoms associated with depression can have on an individual’s ability to find a job, or remain in employment. We also explore the evidence around which interventions and support might improve employment outcomes for people experiencing these symptoms, and make a series of recommendations about we might enhance employment outcomes for this group.

We found that specific symptoms, including low mood, difficulty concentrating, and negative thinking, can have a considerable effect on employment outcomes, and that poor awareness and access to appropriate, evidence-based services are forming barriers to improving rates of employment for people with depression – many of whom want to work, and are able to work.

The report was informed by a review of the recent academic literature on symptoms of depression and employment outcomes, and through interviews with experts in the field.