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Workplace strain can increase risks of depression twice as much

Published: Thursday, May 2 2013 8:42 a.m. MDT

Two to three exposures to high strain in the workplace can increase the risk of getting depression twice as much, according to a study by American Journal of Public Health. In the United states one in 10 Americans have depression.

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­­­­Repeated high stress in the workplace increases an the risk of getting depression twice as much, according to an article by Science Blogs.

An employee that encounters high-strain pressures on two or three occasions was linked to the increased likelihood of major depressive disorder.

The study by American Journal of Public Health showed the same results even when adjusting the study for other characteristics and behaviors that tend to make one susceptible to depression.

One in 10 adults have depression, with 4 percent of those with major depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The affects are not short lived either. Even when a stressful situation is relieved, the risk that comes with the working conditions doesn’t decline immediately.

Various studies have explored the links between depression and work, however often the methods are self-reporting, which leaves wide gaps in the data. The AJPH study looked into evidence of negative work-environments affects on depression risk and also whether this led to long-term depressive disorder.

Ways that workers or employers could modify work environments so there is less likely an increased risk was not studied.

EMAIL: alovell@deseretnews.com

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