The Price of Depression

Depression adversely affects functioning in all domains, but only recently has the magnitude of the impact on work productivity become clear. Lost labor time among those with depression is huge. In a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Walter F. Stewart and colleagues calculated the cost of labor loss. His extensive survey of U.S. workers puts the bill at $44 billion.

8.27 in billions of dollars, cost of lost productive time due to absenteeism in workers with depression

35.73 in billions of dollars, cost of lost productive time due to presenteeism in workers with depression

5.6 hours per week in lost productive time experienced by all workers with depression

8.4 hours per week in lost productive time experienced by workers with major depression

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1.5 hours per week in lost productive time typical of workers without depression

77.1 percentage of individuals with depression who report some lost productivity time

82.1 percentage of lost productivity time among depressed individuals due to reduced performance while at work

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