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Unexplained body pain? Manage work better!

Have you been to your doctor lately complaining about those unexplained bouts of headache or body pain? Well, it could be work related stress that could lead to depression and other health problems, say experts.

health and fitness Updated: Jan 17, 2008 14:35 IST

Have you been to your doctor lately complaining about those unexplained bouts of headache or body pain? Only to be told that there's nothing wrong. Well, it could be work related stress that could lead to depression and other health problems, say health experts.

A survey conducted by India's industry body Assocham has revealed that "the menace of stress and mental fatigue has intensified in recent times at the top and middle positions of sectors comprising construction, shipping, banks, government hospitals, trading houses, electronic and print media, courier companies, small-scale industries, retail and card franchise companies".<b1>

As more of the Indian workforce rushes to catch up with the deadlines, the boundary between home and work is becoming blurred.

As the work hours stretch and more and more jobs entail odd work hours, the stress levels among the Indian workers is increasing in an alarming way causing many health problems.

Dr Roma Kumar senior clinical psychologist, says that stress can cause depression, but it can also manifest itself simply as an unexplained headache, pain in arms and legs, sleepiness or insomnia, loss of appetite and in women sometimes over eating.

"I will have to leave my job and go back home as I am constantly suffering from severe pain in my legs", says Sharmila, who works as an PR executive in Delhi. She adds, "Even after many tests the doctors have not been able to diagnose the problem.