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Whinging Norwegians blamed for high sick leave. Sociologist thinks people should toughen up. The current debate about how to get the number of Norwegians receiving sickness benefit down received another contribution today from Jan Mehlum, a sociologist. He claims Norwegians do too much moaning.The walking whiners Mehlum believes there are far too many Norwegians who can’t handle life’s challenges. Although he thinks many have good reasons for being depressed and off work, it’s the shirkers he criticises.

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Whinging Norwegians blamed for high sick leave

Published on Monday, 18th January, 2010 at 20:40 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 20th January 2010 at 11:48.

Sociologist thinks people should toughen up.

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The current debate about how to get the number of Norwegians receiving sickness benefit down received another contribution today from Jan Mehlum, a sociologist. He claims Norwegians do too much moaning.

The walking whiners

Mehlum believes there are far too many Norwegians who can’t handle life’s challenges. Although he thinks many have good reasons for being depressed and off work, it’s the shirkers he criticises.

“Sometimes you just have to tell people they should pull themselves together,” he tells NRK.

Trond Egil Hansen, head of the association of GPs, supports Mehlum’s view, saying it seems that people are less willing to bear life’s burdens than before.

“They have an ever increasing expectation that life should be a continuous state of well-being,” he says.

Tempting

Mehlum encourages people to look forward and realise that life goes on despite these problems, saying he’s shocked by the number of people who appear to be burnt out.

“Quite frankly, I don’t think those who experience burnout are those you’d necessarily expect to suffer from it. The people who have the most problems are those who either can’t afford or have the time to be burnt out,” he says.

Hansen blames the system, as many people who are depressed and on sick leave can be tempted to stay off work, since no-one places demands on them any longer.

Divorce and/or job-related depression account for a large percent of doctors’ certificates issued in Norway.

“GPs should be much better at motivating patients to return to work. There comes a point where it could be best for them to go back in the long-run,” says Hansen.




Published on Monday, 18th January, 2010 at 20:40 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 20th January 2010 at 11:48.

This post has the following tags: norwegians, depression, norway, depressed, sick, leave, doctors, certificates, off, work, moaning, whinging, complaining.





  
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