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Stress in the job: hundreds of thousands throw in pills
The workload has become more intense for many people in Germany. More and more workers are taking prescription drugs because of stress and job pressure.
Medicines for stress and performance pressure At present, almost 100,000 people in Baden-Württemberg regularly use prescription medication to combat stress and performance pressure in their jobs. As the dpa news agency reports, 7.5% of the workforce in the Southwest have already taken stimulants to improve their performance in the workplace, according to a study by the health insurance company DAK. DAK country chief Markus Saur announced on Tuesday when he presented the DAK health report 2015 in Stuttgart that, including an unreported figure, there would be a value of up to 13.5 percent or 746,000 employees. "Even if doping is not yet a mass phenomenon at work, these results are an alarm signal."
Numerous side effects and risk of addiction Saur warned of side effects and the risk of addiction. According to experts, the various “stimulants” or antidepressants can result in side effects such as high blood pressure, anxiety, dizziness, headaches, sleep disorders or dangerous cardiac arrhythmias such as rapid heartbeat or heart stumbling. "Anyone who pushes himself up again and again overwhelms himself and may eventually develop exhaustion depression." In addition, antidepressants would have no use if there was no depression. According to the report, ADHD pills are also often used in addition to wake-ups, antidepressants and beta-blockers. Many drugs pose a risk of addiction and some even increase the risk of suicide initially. Contrary to popular belief, people with simple jobs and an insecure job have an increased risk of doping - and not the top managers - according to the DAK.
Pills from doctors or acquaintances The study was based on data from around 320,000 DAK insured persons in employment, with the results being extrapolated to all employees in Baden-Württemberg. In addition, more than 5,000 employees aged between 20 and 50 were surveyed nationwide, including 670 in the southwest. The DAK health report also showed that the doping is taking place more and more in Germany. According to the report, drugs for anxiety, nervousness and inner restlessness are used most frequently for brain doping (60.6 percent). 34 percent of workers swallow depression drugs. According to the information, more than every second person gets the tablets from his doctor, every seventh from acquaintances and family members and every twelfth order them without a prescription on the Internet. (ad)
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