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.