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Risk of Major Depressive Episode High in People Who Work More Than 11 Hours a Day

by Kathy Jones on January 27, 2012 at 9:09 PM
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 Risk of Major Depressive Episode High in People Who Work More Than 11 Hours a Day

Working for more than 11 hours a day can increase the risk of major depressive episode (MDE) according to a new study conducted by a group of British and Finnish researchers.

Researchers analyzed the working habits of more than 2,000 civil servants in Britain over a period of six years and found that those who worked more than 11 hours a day were 2.3 to 2.5 times more likely to suffer from MDE compared to those who worked for eight hours.

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The researchers also found that the risk of depression was more among women; young people and those who consumed moderate amounts of alcohol. "Although occasionally working overtime may have benefits for the individual and society it is important to recognize that working excessive hours is also associated with an increased risk of major depression", lead researcher Marianna Virtanen said.

Source: Medindia
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