Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Work stress, anxiety and depression

A long term study of 972 people in Dunedin, New Zealand has shed further light on the links between workplace stress and depression and anxiety. Those people who had high psychological job demands (an excessive workload and/or extreme time pressures) had double the risk of major depression or anxiety of other people, regardless of their socio-economic status, personality of mental-health history prior to being exposed to workplace stress. Analysis of the results showed that high demand jobs were associated with the onset of new depression and anxiety even in people without any history of mental-health problems.

Melchior, Maria ... [et al] - Work stress precipitates depression and anxiety in young, working women and men Psychological Medicine August 2007, 37 (8), 1119-1129

2 comments:

Philomena said...

Dysthymic Disorder is characterized by chronic depression, but with less severity than a major depression. The essential symptom for dysthymic disorder is an almost daily depressed mood for at least two years, but without the necessary criteria for a major depression. Low energy, sleep or appetite disturbances and low self-esteem are usually part of the clinical picture as well. http://www.besthealthmed.com/depression.html

Lucy said...

It is not a secret that stress in the work places leads to depression, stress, and anxiety. However, the multinational companies have given rise to certain concepts like overtime (definitely on money), that have catapulted the cases of work related stress all the more. This is one reason that has actually led the companies to start up depression counseling for treating depression.