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Is working in supermarkets long periods ie 30x years

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Is working in supermarkets for very long periods ie 30x years full time with natural light deprivation & air conditioning be linked to mental health problems?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for this question.Do you do shift work or anything like that?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I work 30x hrs. 6 hours each day. Mon - Fri presently. I have past history where I have worked from 8 - 9 hours each day but always in supermarkets. Surrounded by brick walls even when we have tea/lunch breaks. No natural air because of air conditioning. As I am getting older my mental health has detoriated. 6 years ago I got a new job again in a supermarket, then 4 years later my GP prescribed Ramipril for my blood pressure. This was stress. My mental health took me back when I failed promotion. I explained this to my line manager of several attempts where I failed during my years of working for several other supermarkets. He ignored this. He didn' t understand. I took control of my mental health by going on a different department. The senior management respected this as my GP made me wear a blood pressure monitor for 24 hours. Also in 2014 I had a psychotic episode. My branch manager admitted full responsibility. My mental health took me on further medication to Olanzipine. For the last 12 months I haven't needed it. Until now. Our pay rises. My pay was risen to 3.6%. In truth it was the living wage that out government brought in. My mental state is now after 30 years working in supermarkets I am only worth £7.20 per hour. The minimum pay. I am currently on sick leave & back on Olanzipine. I am aware I am due to return to work eventually but I have no other experience in another field of work. I am 50 years next year.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry about this. I don't think the building itself is the cause. What about changing careers?