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Can your job cause mental health problems?

On Behalf of | Jul 20, 2019 | Workplace injuries

New Yorkers are used to functioning in high-stress, busy environments and that includes on the job. Unfortunately, the human body and the mind have their limits and according to Psychiatry Advisor, some occupational stressors can lead to mental health disorders. Recent studies have shown that people blame about two thirds of their stress on their jobs.

Research shows that some jobs are more prone to stress. These jobs tend to be in the following industries:

  • Public relations
  • Transport control
  • Emergency services
  • Executive roles

Those in public relations often face hectic work environments, unpredictable deadlines and face to face interaction with violent social issues. Many feel there is a lack of social support in their field when it comes to mental illness, which may also increase stress.

Studies also show that high stress is the link between mental illness and occupation. Executives face high levels of stress that increase the risk of sleep and mood disturbances, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. One of the best ways to deal with these problems is to address them early and put stress management and prevention programs into place before they get out of control.

Rescue and emergency service jobs include police officers, firefighters, disaster response personnel and soldiers, and all are at high risk for mental illness because they are exposed to different degrees of violence in the workplace. This exposure can also lead to anxiety disorders and alcohol use and abuse over time. It is estimated that over 100,000 active United States police officers deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Taxi drivers, airline pilots and other transportation professionals face high-stress situations, tight deadlines and long working hours. Studies have shown that a good percentage of taxi drivers have at least five depression symptoms, many linked to the lack of time for leisure activities.

Workers should be able to do their jobs without additional worry and illness when off the clock. Anyone who feels they have been injured, physically or emotionally on the job may benefit from speaking to an attorney.

This is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.