Depression can have an enormous impact on a person's ability to work. Lynn Elinson, Ph.D., and her colleagues conducted a study to identify factors associated with employment among persons with depression. Using data from the 1994 and 1995 National Health Interview Survey Disability Supplement, they compared sociodemographic, health, functional, and disability variables among working and nonworking persons with depression. About half of the individuals in the sample who reported having major depression were in the workforce. Those who worked tended to be younger, to be male, to be better educated, to have a higher income, to live alone or with a nonrelative, and to live in an urban or suburban location. The depressed individuals who worked also tended to be healthier and less impaired by social, cognitive, and physical limitations than those who did not work. Among the authors' conclusions is that it may be important for policy makers, employers, and clinicians to focus on individuals with both depression and general medical conditions (see page 29).