Thursday, February 2, 2012

What's the link? Overtime and depression

A new study in the online journal PLoS ONE finds that working long hours (specifically, more than 11-hour days) regularly more than doubles the chances of developing major depression.

When compared to public employees who spent less than eight hours at the office, British civil servants working 11 or more hour days had a more than twofold increase in the risk of depression.

Warning signs for depression include:
• trouble sleeping
• feeling stressed
• being irritable and dissatisfied
• lacking pleasure in things that usually make you happy
• making more mistakes on the job
• trouble getting organized or concentrating

Read the full article here.

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