“Job Stress May Lead to Depression”
I recently came across an article from the online version of The Peninsula. While the article addresses the population in Qatar, I believe that sustained work stress is a universal issue for emotional and mental health of all working people.
In the article, it is cited:
Working people, especially those aged between 20 and 34 are at higher risk for depression, according to Dr Suhaila Ghuloum, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).
“Repeated work stress doubles the risk of depression,” said Dr Ghuloum.
Shame and the fear of stigma and dismissal prevent many people with depression from seeking help, and the majority of those with depression try to mask their mental health difficulties to avoid workplace discrimination.
People suffering from work place stress and depression need support from their colleagues and their bosses to cope with their situation.
Dr Ghuloum explained that stress at work can be caused by poor leadership, a hostile work environment, difficulty in achieving work-life balance, “job strain” or high job demands and low control over how the job gets done, and job insecurity.
Symptoms of depression include a persistent low mood, disturbed sleep, poor appetite, fatigue or physical complaints, irritability, poor self-esteem and feelings of hopelessness. People who have depression may also resort to substance abuse.
Depression is the third most significant workplace problem after stress and family crisis, according to the Employee Assistance Professionals Association.
At work, depression – which doubles the risk of stroke and coronary artery disease – may manifest in poor concentration, less productivity, more errors or accidents, tardiness, slowness in accomplishing work or missing deadlines, less motivation and enthusiasm, more complaints, difficulty in making decisions, problems with colleagues, isolation, and more sick leaves.
In addition, the article also notes:
There is also the need to remove the stigma associated with depression, which may be based on certain myths, for instance, that depression is a weakness or for people who lack faith, or that a person just needs to “be stronger” to get over depression.
This last point, I find to be of particular importance, as stress and depression are real concerns and that the quality of life for many could be greatly improved by taking the steps to explore ways to manage and understand these conditions.
Original article can be found at the Peninsula.
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