European researchers have found the risk of depression more than doubled (OR=2.43, P=0.26) for British civil servants who worked more than 11 hours per day compared with those working 7-8 hours. When data was adjusted for factors like job strain and social support the risk still persisted. Interestingly, the greatest significance was seen when adjusted for socioeconomic status. Those with higher socioeconomic status were at lower risk for depression–even though they worked long hours. Perhaps this is because they have more opportunity to focus on tasks they choose and enjoy? More research is needed in this area.
PositiveTip: A balance in life is necessary for good health. How are you doing?