23rd April 2013 – Healthsector.net – Why are UK workers the most depressed in Europe?

According to the Impact of Depression in the Workplace in Europe (IDEA), conducted last year, 26% of British workers have received a diagnosis in comparison to only 12% of their Italian counterparts, the poll of 7,000 Europeans found.

“The UK workforce works the longest hours in Europe and the extra hours in the workplace mean that people aren’t spending enough time doing things that they really enjoy”, an article on NHS Choices explains.

“It can be attributed to factors such as the weather and our long winters; SAD definitely has an impact”, Executive Medical Director of Nightingale Hospital, Dr William Shanahan says. “In addition the UK is a nation of heavy drinkers smokers and drug users and there is a high occurrence of depression in people who have bad health.

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