Depression in Seafarers: The Work-related Factors and Preventive Approaches

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Woraluk Jonglertmontree
Kanoklekha Suwannapong
Orrawan Khongtor

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            Seafarers are maritime professionals who are exposed to dangerous working conditions and deal with specific work-environmental factors. These factors can contribute to depression and if treatment is delayed, it will develop to depressive disorder which can harm life. Thus, prevention of depression among seafarers should be emphasized. However, studies relating to depression in seafarers are rare and not widely pervasive. In this academic article, the authors gathered related literature and studies to describe depression and work-related factors among seafarers. These factors included working conditions and working environments. The depression assessment and preventive approaches were also provided for health care service team and other related professional to apply it in real situation appropriately, and at the same time it can be a basis of other research design to be further developed.

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