Depressed women more injury prone at workplace, says study
Studies reveal that women have a greater proclivity toward depression due to their hormones, socioeconomic status, and treatment meted out by the society. Now, a recent study has revealed that depression in women also increases their risk to sustain injuries at the workplace.
The study by Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Health, Work & Environment revealed that nearly 60 percent of women who sustained a work-related injury reported experiencing mental or behavioral health issues before suffering any injury, while the percentage is only 33 percent in case of men. “Women were more likely to report experiencing mental and behavioral health issues and these conditions increased their risk of getting hurt on the job,” mentioned the study that studied nearly 17,000 employees ranging from executives to laborers.
Although men are more likely to experience a work-related injury than women because of the diverse nature of their job, mental and behavioral health challenges like depression and poor sleeping patterns did not affect their risk of injury the way they significantly did in case of women, the researchers mentioned. However, “workers who had an injury in the past were more likely to be injured again, regardless of their gender,” concluded the study.
Depression risk higher in women
Depression is a serious mental disorder that depletes the quality of life. Characterized by a persistent feeling of sadness, hopelessness, despair, and isolation, depression can be debilitating leading 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. 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,” says the study. In addition, factors such as genetic predisposition, pregnancy, postpartum period, perimenopause, and menstrual cycle coupled with external distress like excessive grief, domestic violence, sexual assault, physical harm, and molestation, also increase the chances of depression in women.
Validating these causes, the National Institutes of Health added interpersonal factors and certain psychological and personality characteristics as key factors triggering depression in women. Apart from this, the extra efforts to juggle between work, family and kids impose more stress that can elicit symptoms of depression.
Apart from sustaining injuries, depression also causes health condition such as physical disability, loss of energy and enthusiasm, fatigue and other related mental disorders, when left untreated. Along with a lot of negativity, hopelessness, and feeling of dejection, depression also induces suicidal thinking in a patient. Hence, suicide becomes the ultimate harm caused by depression.
Dealing with depression and overcoming it
Nearly 12 million American women suffer from depression every year. While men have been found to be more prone to committing suicide as compared to women, the latter attempt suicides almost twice as often as men do. Depression is a commonly occurring condition among women and its association with suicide causing thoughts and tendencies increases the overall risk for women.
Yet, depression is a treatable condition. Majority of the people seeking treatment for depression have responded positively to treatment and recorded relief from their symptoms. However, the first step is to identify the existence of depression. Therefore, any individual experiencing symptoms of depression should undergo a thorough medical diagnosis to determine the presence of depression accurately and adhere to the subsequent treatment if tested positive with the condition.
If you or your loved one is battling depression, get in touch with the Arizona Depression Helpline to know more about 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 know more about the best depression treatment in Arizona. Our representatives can help you access various depression treatment programs offered in Arizona and around.