Depression touches the lives of millions of Canadians – MDSC reports that 8% of adult Canadians will experience a major depression in their lifetime.

Depression is the fastest growing category of disability costs to Canadian employers. 70% of Canadians with depression have had to leave their work for either short-term or long-term disability or permanently.

The most common symptoms of depression are:

  • Lack of motivation
  • Loss of ability to enjoy favourite activities
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of isolation

According to the same report, 91% of parents say that their depression often or at times interferes with their family life. For working parents, it can be especially difficult to balance work and life when they are feeling depressed.

In their report, What is Depression, MDSC reported that the Canadian disability insurance industry published figures that reflected that 75% of short term disability claims and 79% of long term disability claims related to mental illness and primarily depression.

For more information on depression, see Mood Disorders Society of Canada’s Mental Health in the Workplace series.