People in high-stress jobs have a greater chance of suffering from depression or anxiety by the time they reach middle age, a study has found.
A 60-year analysis of nearly 7,000 British adults found those with highly demanding careers, low job control and a high level of strain at work are at higher risk of mental illness.
The data looked at whether people's job strain at age 45 affected their risk of developing a common mental disorder – such as depression or anxiety – by age 50.
When compared with a control group, those with high job demands were 70
People whose job was classed as 'high strain' faced more than double the risk of developing mental illness in their middle age.
The researchers suggest that it is important for employers to try to improve working environments to reduce rates of mental illness..
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