If you work a lot of overtime you may be putting yourself at risk for anxiety and depression, suggests a study in the June Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).
When Elisabeth Kleppa and colleagues of the University of Bergen, Norway, analyzed data on work hours, dividing Norwegian men and women into groups worked less than or more than 40 hours per week, they found that those who worked overtime scored higher on standard depression and anxiety screening questionnaires.
The strongest relationship between overtime hours and depression and anxiety existed among the men who worked the most overtime, with 49 to 100 hours per week. These same men often also worked heavy manual labor and shift work and had lower levels of education and work skills.
While no firm conclusions can be drawn from this study, it appears that those who work physically demanding jobs would be wise to practice good self-care and strike a balance between work and rest.