Did you know that your occupation could play a role in your depression?
I’m not talking about how the stress of a job can be the underlying cause of your mood problems (although it can). What I’m referring to, is the toxins and chemicals that you can be exposed through your work- and how these can cause depression, anxiety and panic attacks.
Today’s blog is about how hairdressers can get depression from all of the chemicals they are exposed to.
Have you ever sat in the hairdresser’s chair getting your hair dyed? I have on occasion, and I haven’t like all of the fumes. Imagine being exposed to those smells all day, every day! Yes it can have an affect.
A recent scientific report discusses the case of a hairdresser who was wrongly diagnosed with a mood disorder and recommended antidepressant medication. Luckily however, with some further investigation by a doctor trained in environmental medicine it was uncovered that this woman was suffering from depression because of the hairsprays, hair dyes, bleaches, and other chemicals she was exposed to on a daily basis. The practitioner suggested a leave from work. After one month away from work, the patient was “eighty percent better” and had decided to leave the profession as “her health was more important than her job.”
Could your occupation be affecting your mood? Could it be the cause of your depression?
I’ll be discussing more occupations in the next few blogs, so keep posted. Subscribe to my RSS feed above, or check me out on twitter. http://www.twitter.com/DrJSinclair.
To find out more about the different toxins that can cause depression and anxiety get hold of my free depression report. The report asks 7 selfhelp questions, which can help reveal the causes of your depression.
Until next time.
All the best
Dr Janelle Sinclair
BSc, MSc, PhD (Biochemistry), NZNMA