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How occupational stress affects mental health

Dayana Fornaris

Florida National College
April 15, 2011


This research paper gives us a brief idea about how occupational stress affects mental health.
It describes how occupational stress has become a serious health issue, not just in terms of an individual’s mental and physical well being, but also for employers as well who had begin to feel the financial consequences of work stress. Occupational stress can be defined as the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities of the worker. However, occupational stress can be an extremely difficult construct to define. There are certain factors that contribute to work stress like for example working long hours beyond your control; Finding it hard to say no to a task for fear of losing future work, frustration and feeling undervalued at work. This can lead to stress and tension.

How occupational stress affects mental health

Stress has been defined in a number of ways and the range of stress management techniques is even wider still. Essentially what most people understand by 'stress' is a physiological or psychological response to external stressors that goes beyond what is accepted as normal. Maybe 'strain' would have been a better word. Limited external stresses produce a response, a 'strain’, which beyond a certain point becomes disproportionate and beyond the capability of the elastic properties of the subject. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, one-fourth of employees view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives and, three-fourths of employees believe that the worker has more on-the-job stress than a generation ago. A person…...

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