Working too much can risk depression

Individuals who work too much are at a heightened risk of suffering from depression, new research has found. Published in the online journal PLoS ONE, the study revealed the odds of a major depressive episode for those who are in the office for 11 or more hours a day are doubled as a result.

Investigators from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and University College London found a strong link between development of the condition and overtime work.

And according to the study, this association was not altered when various factors were taken into account - such as lifestyle and socio-demographics.

Marianna Virtanen of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health observed that although working extra hours can sometimes benefit the individual and society, "it is important to recognise that working excessive hours is also associated with an increased risk of major depression".

Professor Gail Kinman, Chartered Psychologist, commented: "These findings show that it is vital that employees have adequate recovery time from work in order to promote psychological well-being."