Depression and omega-3


Depression is a common disorder that results from biochemical, environmental, and genetic factors, just like most other diseases. And, like these, it requires treatment. There is one big difference between depression and other chronic diseases (e.g. diabetes): people with depression often experience greater stigma for their illness because of wrong ideas about its causes and treatments (e.g. some people think that it is due to personal weakness). For this reason, quite often a depressed employee doesn’t seek treatment, because he/she fears the consequences it will have on his/her job. But it is very important to receive treatment; more than 80% of people with depression can be successfully treated. Besides, in the workplace, untreated depression costs a lot of money in absenteeism from work and lost productivity. Effective treatments have been shown to not only reduce depressive symptoms for workers but also improve their workplace productivity.

Increasing resilience (the ability to properly adapt to stress and adversity) is considered an important strategy to prevent depression. Fish consumption (the main source of long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids) may prevent it, increasing resilience.





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