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Part Time Work And Stress

Question:

Is it true that people who suffer from depression and anxiety should not hold a full time (40-hour) a week job because of it adding stress to them?

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Answer:

Not necessarily. Whether someone should work or not work or work less to decrease their stress is going to have to be an individualized decision made by the depressed and/or anxious patient and perhaps their doctor. Some people find the routine of work to be calming, while others find it freaks them out. These sorts of individualized factors have to be taken into account by any doctor making such a recommendation. Anyway, most don’t have any choice in the matter but to work, because without full time work, there is less income and no health insurance. That right there is a sure-fire way to make most people anxious or depressed.

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