Working long hours impacts work-related depression in women

Whether an individual in Georgia or elsewhere loves their job or not, work-related stress can be experienced from time to time. Maybe an employee is dealing with a demanding project, deadlines are approaching or it is simply the time of year when there are a lot of personal and professional items on his or her plate.

While stress is a normal thing to experience, severe work-stress can turn into a larger issue. Employees battling work-related depression can find it challenging to go to work each day. This ultimately can make the matter debilitating for the worker, causing one to be unable to work for a period of time. In these matters, it may be beneficial to explore options related to Social Security disability.

Based on current studies, working harder and longer hours doesn’t seem to pay off for female workers. Researchers suggest that when it comes to mental health, women that work more than 55 hours a week are likely to have an increased risk of developing depression. The study indicated that there was a 7.3 percent increase in depression symptoms for women that work long hours.

Furthermore, women that work all or most weekends are 4.6 percent more likely to experience depression symptoms when compared to those women that only work during the weekdays. It was also found that women who work on the weekends tend to have a job in a low-paying service sector job. These positions are often linked to higher levels of depression.

The Social Security Administration specifically designed programs to help provide financial support to those living with a disability. Understanding these programs and what might qualify one for these benefits is an important step to take. These benefits can be valuable and necessary, especially for those unable to work for an extended period of time because of a disabling condition.

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