Overwork and Long Hours Contribute to Depression

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Oct 21, 2013

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Urge your clients to cultivate work-life balance. Working too long and too hard increases the risk of depression, according to a study conducted at the Kyoto University School of Public Health in Kyoto, Japan. Among 218 clerical workers, those who worked more than 60 hours per week and had too much work were 15 times more likely to suffer from depression when reevaluated after 1-3 years than workers with less stressful schedules. The study authors suggested that feeling overworked combined with long works hours could be considered a risk factor for depression.

The study appeared in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (2013; 55 [8], 863-72).

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at www.shirleyarcher.com.