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Sick from work stress. In Germany, sick leave due to mental illnesses caused by stress at work has almost doubled since the 1990s, announced the Federal Chamber of Psychotherapists.
In Germany, sick leave due to mental illnesses caused by stress at work has almost doubled since the 1990s, announced the Federal Chamber of Psychotherapists. The costs resulting from the treatment of, for example, depressive symptoms therefore amount to over four billion euros. One cause could, however, be due to the fact that in recent years some indefinable pain and organ complaints can be classified as having a causal psychological nature. There are serious differences between cities and rural regions and between West and East. In the west and the cities of Germany the situation seems tense, because more mental illnesses are recorded here - especially in the big cities of Berlin and Hamburg many cases of complaints with psychological cause were registered.
According to the Federal Chamber of Psychotherapists, poor working conditions are said to be a serious cause. Inadequate pay and lack of time are growing factors at work and can lead to dissatisfaction, loss of self-esteem and frustration. The generally tense economic situation is of course also reflected in all people who feel this when dealing with customers and have to cushion them.
In naturopathy it has long been pointed out that physical and mental complaints are in interaction and that this fact does not have to be taken into account in just one treatment. In everyday life and especially in professional life, not only economic factors should play a role. In the sense of Antonovsky's salutogenesis, meaningfulness in a person's life would be an important factor. Because the Federal Chamber of Psychotherapists also points out: A relationship or meaningful activities such as hobbies can help individuals to better compensate for negative working conditions and thus to suffer less from the consequences of work stress. (Thorsten Fischer, naturopath osteopathy, March 24, 2010)
Additional information: Salutogenesis
Depression (depressive syndrome)