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Depression is the most costly medical illness for business. Yet most wellness programs do not adequately address this issue. By learning skills of healthy thinking, employees can prevent depression …

Depression is the most costly medical illness for business. Yet most wellness programs do not adequately address this issue. By learning skills of healthy thinking, employees can prevent depression and function at a higher level of performance.

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  • 1. To affect the quality of the day… that is the highest of arts. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 2. Preventing Depression in the Workplace
    • John Weaver, Psy.D.
    • Psychologist
    The Healthy Thinking Initiative
  • 3. Objectives
    • 1. Participants will be able to understand the progression of depression from initial episode to chronic condition.
    • 2. Participants will be able to identify the signs of depression and monitor treatment for employees currently diagnosed with this disorder.
    • 3. Participants will learn three thinking strategies: mindfulness, optimism, and resilience, which will prevent depression in the workplace.
  • 4.
    • 4. Participants will understand the potential positive economic impact for the organization of these thinking strategies.
    • 5. Participants will learn how these three thinking strategies can be used to improve stress hardiness, creativity, and decision-making skills that will improve satisfaction and productivity in the workplace.
    • 6. Participants will be prepared to introduce these strategies to the executive teams to link to the organizational strategic initiatives and help to establish wellness as an integral part of its success.
  • 5. But the real objective is...
  • 6. Personal Journey
    • Wisconsin SHRM conference in 2005
      • “How to Present Lifestyle Programs”
        • Costs of illnesses in the workplace
  • 7.  
  • 8. Personal Journey
    • Wisconsin SHRM conference in 2005
      • “How to Present Lifestyle Programs”
        • Costs of illnesses in the workplace
        • Standard wellness lifestyle programs
        • Where is emotional health addressed?
  • 9. Depression Facts
    • 1 in 10 Americans will be diagnosed with depression this year
    • The cost of depression is 70% higher than diabetes (the next highest cost)
    • In a study of a Fortune 100 company employees diagnosed with depression cost 4 times that of other employees
  • 10. Depression Facts
    • One in four men and women have called in sick for a “mental health day”
    • Depression results in more days of disability than chronic health conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes.
  • 11. Depression Facts
    • Five of the top ten prescribed medications are psychotropic medications , according to WebMD
    • Rates of depression have increased 10 fold since 1950 - even when better access to diagnosis and treatment is taken into account
  • 12. Depression Facts
    • Companies with higher revenue growth are better at motivating employees and provide more opportunities for growth and development. Employee engagement levels in these high performing organizations are 20% higher than those of their counterparts.
  • 13. Course of Depression
    • 1st episode of depression
      • Traumatic event
        • Good support from family and friends
        • Limited time before “returning to normal”
        • Focus on treatments and cure
  • 14. Course of Depression
    • 2nd Episode of Depression
      • 80% of those who have been diagnosed with depression will have more episodes
      • Event does not need to be as traumatic
        • Support from family and friends is less reliable
        • More sensitive to rejection
        • Treatment professionals more likely to use medication as a primary treatment
  • 15. Course of Depression
    • 3rd (and subsequent) Depressions
      • Not tied to events
        • Medical professionals suggest “an imbalance of brain chemistry ” as causal
        • Family and friends are likely to view the individual as “ lazy ” or “ morally deficient ”
        • Constant checking of experience
  • 16.
    • Get M.O.R.E. out of life….
  • 17. Healthy Thinking
    • The absence of depression does not predict mental health
    • Happiness requires more -
        • Choice
        • Flow
        • Gratitude
        • Healthy thinking
  • 18. Mindfulness
    • Paying attention in a particular way:
    • On purpose…
    • In the present…
    • Without judgment
    • - Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
  • 19. Mindfulness
    • Awareness rather than a relaxation technique
    • There is more “right” with you than “wrong” with you
    • Not reactive but responsive to the challenges of life
  • 20. Optimism
    • “Every day is a good day -
    • some days are better than others
    • but every day
    • is a good day”
    • - Gene Weaver
  • 21. Optimism
    • Learned helplessness
    • Attributions about why things work the way they do
    • Personal , pervasive , and permanent
  • 22. Resilience
    • “Anyone or anything that does not bring you alive is too small for you”
    • -David Whyte
  • 23. Resilience
    • The Vitamin C’s of emotional health:
      • Commitment
      • Challenge
      • Control
      • Caring
  • 24. Healthy Thinking
    • Different from other lifestyle programs:
    • Immediate relief from emotional distress
    • Interacts with physical health
    • Health and productivity approach
    • Direct effects on the quality of work
  • 25.
    • Information does not lead to implementation!
  • 26. Training
    • Starting a mindfulness practice
    • Training in positive psychology
    • Resilience and stress hardiness
      • Becoming a Mental Fitness Trainer
  • 27. The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago … the second best time is now - Chinese Proverb
  • 28. Selected Bibliography
    • Kabat-Zinn, J. (2005). Coming to Our Senses. New York: Hyperion.
    • Seligman , M.E.P. (1991). Learned Optimism. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
    • Revich, K. & Shatte, A. (2002). The Resilience Factor. New York: Broadway Books
    • Williams, M., Teasdale, J, Segal, Z. & Kabat-Zinn, J (2007). The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing yourself from Chronic Unhappiness . New York: Guilford.
    • www.mindandlife.org
  • 29. John Weaver, Psy.D.
    • The Healthy Thinking Initiative
    • Stress Management & Mental Health, Inc.
    • 2717 North Grandview Boulevard, Suite 303
    • Waukesha, Wisconsin 53188
    • (262) 544-6484
    • www.healthythinkinginitiative.com