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- Has withdrawn from friends, family and other social activities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 email@example.com. All inquiries are confidential.