Managing depression in the workplace – part 1

Depression, for me, can be characterised as the contrast of colour decreasing. It fades and becomes one. There’s no sharpness in thought. Everything is slow. There’s also a real spiralling; it’s essentially like treading water constantly

There’s such a blank sadness and hopelessness, that all you really want is to let go and sink.

Depression really mustn’t be confused with the odd feeling of unhappiness or being fed up once in a while. This distinction is important. Research suggests that depression affects up to half of all autistic people at some point in their life, and that autistic people may be more likely to experience depression than non-autistic people. This is hugely concerning, and really indicative of the low employment rates amongst autistic people.

Depression affects people in different ways, and may include, but not exclusively – feelings of despair, being teary, unable to sleep, eat, and the neglection of hobbies and seeing friends and family. These symptoms last persistently for a number of weeks and can feel really monumental. I appreciate they may not sound much in themselves, but you have to imagine them all happening at the same time, and the knock-on effect this has on all aspects of your life, all at once.