A recent report from Health.com lists Sales as one of the 10 professions where workers are most likely to experience major depression in a given year. Depression affects about one in ten of the population and can affect absolutely anyone.
Following events in recent weeks there have been some terribly sad news stories regarding attractive, rich, famous, and talented people who have found their battle with depression unbearable.
We all know that Sales and Sales Management can be an incredibly tough and lonely way to earn a living, and following the recent Health.com our profession is one that is high up in this list of professions most affected by this problem.
This article is designed to do two things, to help raise awareness this problem amongst are culture of people who may be less likely to raise this problem than others, the second is to try and offer some resources that may be of use.
Dispelling the Myth
There are some who still think depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition, they’re wrong. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it’s not a sign of weakness or something you can “snap out of ” by “pulling yourself together”
The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery.
What are the symptoms of depression?
Depression affects people in many different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms. They range from lasting feelings of sadness and hopelessness to losing interest in the things you used to enjoy and feeling very tearful or anxious.
There can be physical symptoms too such as feeling constantly tired, sleeping badly, having no appetite and complaining of various aches and pains. For a more detailed list, you can read more about the symptoms of depression at this link
What causes depression?
Sometimes there is a trigger for depression. Life-changing events, such as bereavement, or losing your job or even having a baby can bring it on. People with a family history of depression are more likely to experience depression themselves, but you can also become depressed for no obvious reason.
When should you see a doctor?
It’s important to seek help from your GP if you think you may be depressed. If you’ve been feeling low for more than a few days, you can take this short NHS test
to find out if you might be suffering from depression.
What can I do to help myself right now?
Many people with depression benefit by making lifestyle changes such as getting more exercise, cutting down on alcohol and eating more healthily. You can find out more about how improving your lifestyle can help you beat depression at this link
Here are two other links that may help.
The first is for the NHS in the UK
and the second is a site called Depression UK
, which has lots of links covering many different subjects.
If you have any further useful pieces of information relating to your part of the world, feel free to leave them in the discussion
attached to this blog.
We hope this article will help to understand depression more and look for signs within your teams, as well as addressing any issues that may arise in your own career. Please also feel free to post comments, advice or any suitable links to helpful sites that may assist other sales professionals.