Today, while editing some audio for a client, I heard a word used that I was not familiar with. The word was Karōshi. A scary word indeed.
There is so much in the news, on social media, even talk around the watercolor about the stress people are under. Most are working harder than ever before and have less to show for it. Prices are rising faster than salaries. So many are living month or less, accumulating debt just to survive. That is if they can even find work, or enough work. Under-employed has become a common work today.
Sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, and the like, are becoming commonplace.
Earlier this year I found out about 4 friends who had ended up in the ER with, what they thought, were either heart attacks or strokes. All for were stress induced. No strokes. No heart attacks.
So, back to the word Karōshi. It can be translated from Japanese as “death from overwork.” It is occupational sudden death.
People are working themselves to DEATH – literally. Young people as well as old.
Here’s the Wikipedia information, take a read. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar%C5%8Dshi
Our answer, up to this point, has been self-medication or doctor prescribed medication. But, as I see it, the problem is not getting better, it’s just growing. We, as a society, have to make some serious decisions.
What say you?