Chicken or the Egg? Understanding the Relationship Between Depression and Injury or Illness Work Leaves

Do work leaves cause depression or does depression cause work leaves? We teamed up with researchers at The Standard, The Council for Disability Awareness, and The University of California, Davis to try and shine some light on this question. Using an integrated database of medical and disability claims with more than 496,000 short-term disability cases,1 … Continued

Sharing Mental Health Stories

The World Health Organization reports that depressive disorders are a leading cause of global disease burden–that’s over 322 million people struggling to cope with normal life activities every day.1 Mental health, as opposed to other health conditions, has distinctive challenges because of the stigma and taboos surrounding how people feel about their own or others’ … Continued

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Research Brief: Predicting Future Work Disability in Patients with Major Depressive Disorder

Summary A better understanding of the risk factors associated with future work disability will allow for the development of interventions to decrease worker absenteeism. Employee disability and medical claims were analyzed to identify risk factors associated with future work disability leaves in patients with newly diagnosed depression (n = 9,954). Patients most at risk for … Continued

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Spotlight on Inadequate Mental Health Utilization

I was surprised to learn that Mental Health Awareness Month was started in 1949, nearly seven decades ago. But have we made any progress since then? I would argue that although there is a general awareness in the United States that mental health conditions exist, we remain deficient in some extremely important aspects of the … Continued