For those of you who worked more than the statutory limit or overtime should be careful. Recent research shows that long working hours may increase the risk for depression.
The study included 2123 British civil servants for six years shows, those who work every day on average at least 11 hours in the office has a choice of two and a half times more depression than peers who work only seven or eight hours each day.
The relationship between long working hours and the depression persists, despite the researcher has taken into account triggers such as pressure of work, support at work, alcohol, smoking and chronic physical illnesses.
Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, Bryan MD Bruno, who was not involved in the evaluation of research, although these findings are consistent with previous studies, but there are probably a greater risk of depression in those who used to work hours extras.
Exceptionally, the researchers also found that workers with low job are more likely to experience depression, when he has to work overtime for employees who have high positions such as secretaries, managers, supervisors and managers.
Head of the Department of Psychiatry, Pennsylvania State University Alan Gelenberg, MD guessed, this is probably due to strict control acquired is usually higher than their own work. ”We have more control over what we are doing and can pick up things that are fun. I do what I do, and when I have to work overtime for a full week, it’s my choice,” Gelenberg said.
They say the researchers, who work for hours in the office can lead to depression in several ways, such as the creation of family conflict, due to higher levels of cortisol (stress hormone). In addition, insecurity and lack of sleep may also help explain the increased risk of depression.
Bruno said this is consistent with previous studies showing that sleep deprivation as a risk factor in triggering depression in the workplace. Some previous research that studied the relationship between overtime and depression showed the same thing, but most of the research is to apply a less stringent standard in measuring the relationship between the two.
In a recent study, Marianna Virtanen, PhD, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Helsinki, conducted a study to implement direct consultation and using the criteria of the official measure of the American Psychiatric Association clinical depression . Vitan believes what he is doing is an unusual study.
In a study published in the journal PLoS ONE, Virtanen participation of officials from 20 offices based in London.Employees involved in the study are known to be mentally healthy when first evaluated between 1991-1993. But six years later, more than 3 percent of employees who experience clinical depression. Increased risk of depression in people who often work overtime.
The researchers noted, the majority of participants (about 52 percent) work for 7-8 hours each day. While another 37 percent worked 90-10 hours a day, and 11 percent worked 11 hours or more.
The researchers acknowledge, the study still has some shortcomings. The weakness of which is calculated only on the risk of depression among workers in “white collar”, which is actually working in the formal sector. As a result, the influence of overtime in triggering depression does not necessarily equate to blue collar workers or the informal sector.