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High risk of depression if work long hours

26th January 2012

A new study has revealed that workers who spend long hours at the office are more than twice as likely to develop depression as those who do a standard day.

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The British research showed that people who spent more than 11 hours a day at their desk faced a higher risk with the most susceptible being women, younger people and those on a low pay grade with moderate alcohol consumption.

The study, published in PLoS ONE focused on more than 2,000 Whitehall civil servants with various jobs, salaries and working hours, who had been recruited in the early 1990s for the study of employees aged 35 to 55.

A follow by researchers at two London universities and a Finish team found a strong link between overtime and depression.

Those who worked for 11 or more hours a day were two-and-a-half times as likely to have a major depressive episode as those who worked seven or eight hours.

Co-author Professor Stephen Stansfeld of Queen Mary, University of London, said: “People working very long hours may be working less efficiently, and need to be thinking about their health and stress it may be causing in their home life as well.”

Women in high-earnings jobs were considered at risk because they were more likely to have more responsibilities away from work while people who earned more or had a job they enjoyed were found to be more likely to be “buffered” from depression. Younger people trying to excel in their career also experienced higher levels of depression.

 

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