Millennials reported the highest rates of depression at intake. Approximately 1 in 5 Millennials that used the EAP reported experiencing depression. Depression appears to decline with age, as Gen X and Baby Boomers were less likely to report depression. Overall, depression accounted for 17% of EAP users.
I have been feeling depressed and feeling down. I have 2 young boys and I am having a hard time finding joy in them and life. I have always been pessimistic and negative and I don’t want to be that way for my kids.
- Millennial Male
Figure 2 demonstrates the extent to which depression may contribute to declines in work performance, showing similar patterns in levels of impact. Presenteeism is the most common decline in work performance across each generation, followed by absenteeism, disciplinary action and relationship issues.