Many people have experienced feeling different working from home compared to the office. Some people even experience depressive symptoms after working at home for prolonged periods. Why is this?

Depression can be associated with working from home (note that not everyone who works from home will experience depression). The relationship between depression and remote work can vary based on individual factors, work conditions, and support systems. Let’s take a look at potential reasons why depression and symptoms of depression might be associated with working from home.

Social Isolation

Remote work can lead to reduced social interaction and feelings of isolation, especially for individuals who live alone or lack social connections outside of work.

Lack of Work-Life Balance

When working from home, the boundaries between work and personal life can blur, leading to longer working hours and difficulty disconnecting from work-related stressors.

Increased Stress and Pressure

The challenges of managing work responsibilities, household chores, and family commitments simultaneously can create additional stress, potentially contributing to depressive symptoms.

Reduced Physical Activity

Working from home may result in a more sedentary lifestyle, as individuals might not have to commute or move around the office, leading to a decrease in physical activity, which can impact mental well-being.

Reduced Productivity & Distractions

Some people may struggle with productivity while working from home due to distractions or difficulty staying motivated, which can lead to feelings of frustration and inadequacy.

Lack of Routine

A disrupted daily routine and lack of a structured work environment can affect mood and contribute to feelings of uncertainty or instability.

Reduced Access to Support

In an office setting, individuals often have access to in-person support from colleagues and supervisors. Remote work may limit these interactions, potentially making it more challenging to seek help or discuss work-related concerns.

Technology-Related Stress

Technical issues, constant online communication, and screen time can add stress and negatively impact mental health.

The Positives of Working Remotely

Many people thrive in a remote work environment and do not experience depression or related issues. Some individuals find that the flexibility and autonomy of working from home can actually improve their well-being and work-life balance.

To mitigate the potential risk of depression while working from home, it’s crucial to establish a healthy work routine, set boundaries between work and personal life, maintain social connections (even if virtually), and seek support when needed. Employers can also play a role by promoting employee well-being, providing resources for mental health support, and encouraging open communication about work-related challenges. 

Taking a look at your at-home work environment and making positive changes may have a big impact on your life (both personally & professionally). If you are experiencing lingering symptoms of depression, however, seeking professional help from a mental health provider is crucial for proper assessment and support.

Neurofeedback Training at NHA

Here at Neurohealth Associates, we specialize in Neurofeedback training. Neurofeedback may be helpful for training your mind, especially if you are unsure about putting yourself or your child on medication. 


This easy, noninvasive training can painlessly improve your mental health condition and outlook on life. Schedule a consultation with NeuroHealth Associates today and find out how we can help you.

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