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

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

Qualified Medical Evaluator in San Diego

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

Sexual harassment counseling in La Jolla

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

Workplace counseling in La Jolla

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 [...]

Obama Shines Light on Psychological Issues in America, Illuminating the Importance of Professional Treatment

Psychologists in La Jolla

By Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. In an effort to bring mental health issues “out of the shadows,” President Barack Obama called on Americans to rally in support of those suffering with psychological disorders at this year’s National Conference on Mental Health held June 3 at the White House. “Struggling with a mental illness or caring [...]

In the news: California workers’ compensation benefits for professional athletes

California workers' compensation benefits

Lawmakers and industry experts debate the current California workers’ compensation benefits system as it pertains to professional athletes filing claims from out of state.

California workers’ comp laws: new bill to address mental health disability ratings

California workers' comp laws

SB626 proposes changes to increase fairness in current California workers’ comp laws.

Healing after car accident trauma: taking emotional, physical and psychological factors into account

Car accident trauma

Healing from car accident trauma requires recognition and treatment of emotional and psychological symptoms as well as physical injuries.

Beyond the basics: workplace trauma and the impact of community

Workplace trauma

Workplace trauma can take many shapes and forms — and employers are best served by being prepared to address any traumatic events that may occur on the job.

Managing workplace stress is key to combating serious health risks and preventing disability

Managing workplace stress

Managing workplace stress is critical for long-term health and disability prevention.

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