Mood disorders have been ranked amongst the top 10 causes of disability and are a leading cause of absenteeism and diminished productivity in the workplace according to the U.S. Surgeon General, 1999. Mood disorders are of particular importance in the workplace as they have the potential to reduce productivity at work.
Mood disorders cause the largest disease burden in comparison to all other mental disorders. The result in the loss of work productivity when prevalent in the working population. Inherently, the workplace can also make manifest latent mood disorders destabilize, and aggravate symptoms and courses of mood disorders among workers.