Chance of workplace injury rises for women with depression, says study

Chance of workplace injury rises for women with depression, says study

Many studies have revealed that women are more vulnerable to depression due to their hormones, socioeconomic status and the treatment that the society metes out to them. And now, a recent study has revealed that depression in women can increase their risk of getting injured at workplace.

According to the study by the Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Health, Work & Environment, nearly 60 percent of women who sustained a work-related injury reported experiencing mental or behavioral health issues before sustaining the injury. However, in such a scenario, the figure for men is only 33 percent. “Women were more likely to report experiencing mental and behavioral health issues and these conditions increased their risk of getting hurt on the job,” the study stated. The research incorporated nearly 17,000 employees, ranging from executives to laborers.

The findings revealed that men were more likely to experience a work-related injury compared to women due to the nature of their job. However, mental and behavioral health challenges like depression and poor sleeping patterns did not affect their risk of injury in ways they significantly do in case of women. However, “workers who had an injury in the past were more likely to be injured again, regardless of their gender,” added the study.

Risk of depression higher in women

Depression is a serious mental disorder that causes significant deterioration in the quality of life. Characterized by a persistent feeling of sadness, hopelessness, despair and isolation, depression is a debilitating condition that can also lead to suicidal thoughts and tendencies. The condition can afflict anybody irrespective of his/her age, gender, class or country. However, the risk of developing the condition is higher in women than in men. According to reports, one in four women is likely to have an episode of major depression at some point in life.

“There a number of social and cultural factors that may explain why women reported having more behavioral health concerns than men did. Men generally admit to fewer health concerns,” highlighted the study. Certainly, with factors like genetic predisposition, pregnancy, postpartum period, perimenopause, and menstrual cycle coupled with external distresses like excessive grief, domestic violence, sexual assault, physical harm, and molestation, it seems natural for women to suffer from depression.

The National Institutes of Health enlists a host of reasons that increase the risk of depression among women — reproductive, genetic, or other biological factors, interpersonal factors, certain psychological and personality characteristics.

Apart from the increased likeliness to sustain injuries, depression also causes other health problems, such as physical disability, loss of energy and enthusiasm, fatigue and other related mental disorders, if left untreated.

Dealing with depression

Nearly 12 million women in the United States suffer from depression every year. Fortunately, depression is a treatable condition. A majority of the people seeking treatment for depression has responded positively to treatment and recorded relief from the symptoms. However, the first step is to identify and acknowledge the existence of depression. Therefore, it necessitates for individuals experiencing symptoms of depression to undergo a thorough medical diagnosis to determine the presence of depression accurately and adhere to subsequent treatment, if tested positive with the condition.

If you or your loved one is battling depression, you can get in touch with Arizona depression helpline to know more about the depression rehab centers in your vicinity. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number (866) 233-3895 or chat online with our experts to get guidance on the best depression treatment in Arizona. Our certified representatives can also help you with various depression treatment programs offered in Arizona.