Dealing with Depression

In the 2021 Dentist Health and Well-being Survey, 54% of dentists reported having medium or high levels of depression.

The best way to support a colleague suffering from depression is to encourage them to seek help. The ADA has prepared a resource guide that identifies signs and symptoms a person battling with depression may present. You will also find some tips to encourage a colleague to seek help.

Signs and symptoms of depression include:

  • Doesn’t seem to care about anything anymore
  • Is uncharacteristically sad, irritable, short-tempered, critical or moody
  • Has lost interest in work, hobbies and other pleasurable activities
  • Talks about feeling “helpless” or “hopeless”
  • Expresses a negative outlook on life
  • Frequently complains of aches and pains, such as headaches, stomach problems and back pain
  • Complains of feeling tired and drained all of the time
  • Has withdrawn from friends, family and other social activities
  • Sleeps less than usual or oversleeps
  • Eats more or less than usual, and has recently gained or lost weight
  • Has become indecisive, forgetful or disorganized
  • Drinks more or abuses drugs, including prescription medications

The ADA’s Health and Wellness Program is here to help. Please contact us at dentalpractice@ada.org. All inquiries are confidential.