Sunday, September 27

Working too much may increase risk of depression

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WASHINGTON: The odds of a major depressive episode are more than double for those working 11 or more hours a day compared to those working seven to eight hours a day, according to a report published Wednesday in the online journal PLoS ONE.

The authors, led by Marianna Virtanen of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and University College London, followed about 2,000 middle aged British civil servants and found a robust association between overtime work and depression, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

This correlation was not affected when the analysis was adjusted for various possible confounders, including socio-demographics, lifestyle, and work-related factors. — Bernama