Category archives for: Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D.

Today’s Mentally Destructive Workplace

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By Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. According to ABC News, Americans work more than citizens in any other industrialized country. We take fewer vacations, work longer days, and retire later. Perhaps, not surprisingly, a survey by Harris Interactive for Everest College found that about 83 percent of American workers report feeling stressed out by their jobs [...]

The Psychology of Unexplained Physical Symptoms

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By Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. Have you ever visited a doctor with a symptom, such as a headache, abdominal pain or back pain, only to be told that he or she can’t find anything wrong with you? This is actually quite common, and a well known fact in the health care provider community.  A recent [...]

Stress Identified As Number One Workforce Risk

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By Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. A workforce risk is any issue that could compromise the efficiency and profitability of an organization and its people. These issues include everything from inadequate training to organizational culture to operational safety hazards to ergonomic issues. However, the 2013/2014 Towers Watson Staying@Work Survey, which surveyed over 5,000 U.S. workers, identified [...]

Bullying in the Workplace Is Common and Serious


By Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. Workplace bullying recently became news because Miami Dolphin’s lineman, Jonathan Martin, was allegedely bullied by fellow teammates. But Martin’s experience is not an isolated case. The article, “Workplace bullying more common than most think,” by Kristen V. Brown  cites data from the Workplace Bullying Institute that in 2010 35% of [...]

Workplace Depression Caused Primarily by Workplace Injustice


By Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. Twelve percent of American workers have been diagnosed as depressed at some point, which has cost companies over $23 billion in absenteeism. Why are workers so depressed? It’s not because they don’t like their jobs. Nor is it due to heavy workloads.  The results of a Danish study show that [...]

Obamacare: Improving Mental Health Care Accessibility for the Hispanic-American Community

Qualified Medical Evaluator in San Diego comments on Obamacare and its effect on the Hispanic community.

By Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. This January, Obamacare will become national legislation, leading the way to America’s first universal healthcare program. In addition to providing adequate care for all demographics, Hispanics are expected to particularly benefit from Obamacare according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Improved healthcare accessibility and the expansion of [...]

Risk of Depression Spurred by Long Hours, High Job Demands

Workers' comp Qualified Medical Evaluator comments on latest study linking long work hours to depression.

By Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. The jobs we hold can lead to many positive affirmations in our lives including increased self-esteem, reduced risk of depression and an amplified sense of self. But when our jobs are increasingly stressful with long hours, high demands and constant overworking, the effects on our psychological health can take a [...]

Your Job, Your Life: Depression Strongly Influenced by Ability to Gain Work, Poll Says

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By Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. One of the best defenses against depression is also one of the most elusive. A strong and positive sense of self immunizes against depression, but it is hard to build and maintain.  Research has shown that the more roles people fill, the more sources of self-esteem they have. Meaningful work [...]

The Filner Case: Workplace Policy, Employee Education is Key to Sexual Harassment Prevention

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By Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. We often hear about political scandals, but it isn’t often that we hear about them in our own backyard. As San Diego Mayor Bob Filner began making headlines for alleged sexual harassment in the workplace earlier this month, locals everywhere perked their ears, bracing for the news. According to reports, [...]

Workplace Engagement: Majority of Americans Dislike Job, Study Says

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By Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. It’s a conundrum to say the least. If you have a job, you probably don’t like it. If you‘re seeking new work, you’re likely to eventually dislike it as well. That’s because, according to a new study at Gallup, 70 percent of Americans are completely “checked out” and disengaged at [...]

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