Can Too Much Work Really Depress You?

(Telegraph) People who work 11 hours are twice as likely to suffer depression

10:00PM GMT 25 Jan 2012

People who work long hours are twice as likely to suffer depression, according to a new study.

Researchers found that 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.

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.

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

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