In the 2015 ADA Dentist Health and Wellness Survey, a total of 11 percent were diagnosed with depression, 6 percent were diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, and 4 percent were identified as suffering from panic attacks.
Of those surveyed, 28 percent of dentists sought help for their mental health disorder, 44 percent believed that they could solve their own problems and did not seek professional help.
The best way to support a colleague suffering from depression is to encourage them to seek help. The ADA has prepared a resource guide that identifies signs and symptoms a person battling with depression may present. You will also find some tips to encourage a colleague to seek help.
The ADA’s Health and Wellness Program is here to help. Please contact Alison Bramhall, Manager, Dentist Health and Wellness, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.898.2410.