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Man at computerNearly half of caregivers reported difficulty concentrating on work due to health-related issues, and many say they have missed work in the past two weeks.

A new study finds that there are considerable workplace costs for workers who provide caregiving for people with treatment-resistant depression (TRD)—suggesting that such caregiving has a price for both caregivers and employers.

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The study, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, surveyed caregivers who cared for people with TRD and non-TRD caregivers in the US. It finds that caregiving for this condition has an annual direct cost for caregivers of $29,805. This is a higher cost than for caregiving in a non-TRD group, which was $20,642. In addition, the study found indirect costs for TRD caregivers were $11,121 annually; for the non-TRD group, the indirect costs were $7,761 annually.

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