Mental disorders are harming productivity in Europe. About 40% of the workforce suffers from some on going mental condition, the most common is depression. Productivity with that part of the population is 15% below the productivity of healthy people. In addition people with mental disorders are more likely to be unemployed than healthy people. This situation won’t change until governments and the medical profession agree that it is not only severe mental conditions that need treating such as schizophrenia but less severe conditions also. People worry about job security stress and life’s pressures.
When depressed, the frontal cortex, the executive part of the brain shuts down. It says “I can’t cope” This leaves the individual the only option to focus on “I can’t cope” and they spend their day worrying about the consequences of “I can’t cope” which are un-resolvable. In anger management we ask clients to ask themselves difficult questions: “Is there an alternative to I can’t cope? Why do I want to focus on I can’t cope? What purpose does it serve? “What could I be focusing on instead of I can’t cope? Is worrying going to help me get another job? Is there anything i can do today to make life better today? What do I want to teach my children about life’s difficulties? And so it goes on.
Nature is quite unsympathetic to these challenges. Until the client can pull himself out of the lethargic self destructive thought process nothing will change. Why is it so hard for medical and government bodies to ask obvious questions to help people get out of their unhappiness? Unfortunately these are obvious questions for healthy people to use, for the unhealthy it is the last place to go to. Helping people to get well is the cheapest way to offset low productivity. There is no shame in being stuck only shame that we don’t help those who need help, enough Nigel Turner