Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Mental illness - Stockbrokers

Research has shown that employees with heavy workloads, tight deadlines and overbearing bosses are twice as likely to develop mental illnesses as those in jobs with less pressure and stress.

Every year one in 20 workers becomes clinically ill as a result of work-related stress, leading to depression and anxiety. The annual cost in lost productivity to the economy is estimated at £12bn.

Researchers analysed 891 workers, whose jobs included politicians, stockbrokers, farmers, IT workers etc.

Dr Maria Melchior, of the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, lead author of the study published in the journal Psychological Medicine, said: "Our study shows work stress appears to bring on diagnosable forms of depression and anxiety in previously healthy young workers.

"We found that high work pressure, high workload, working very quickly to tight inflexible deadlines doubled the risk of depression and anxiety."

August 2007

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