Programming's Effect on Mental Health

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#31 NecroWinter  Icon User is offline

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Re: Programming's Effect on Mental Health

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:38 AM

View Postlitedrive, on 01 July 2011 - 11:39 AM, said:

I'm not sure if this is a common question or not, but it seems like (as with video games) there is a fair amount of controversy with programmers and mental health in relation to that. The main reason why I'm asking this is if anyone knows of any sources which may document the results of long term effects of programming, such as with people who develop software for 8+ hours a day.

I've recently been having some health issues, and am curious to know how this may effect me long term. I heard from a therapist I was seeing that programming also can sometimes result in the programmer "programming [his/her] brain", so I don't really know what to think of that. Apparently it could be stirring up some genetic personality traits brought back from the past. Either way, if anyone has any idea on this, or where I could go to find some decent sources (honestly, Google wasn't much help. Surprising, I know), I would appreciate it.



I think any job that requires people to stay away from family and friends for long periods of time is unhealthy, not to mention the fact that physical health deteriorates while being sedentary, which leads to further stress.

Programming in and of its self is actually a good thing, though, a lot of businesses out there seem to think that an employee has to give up their lives to "be a part of the team" (there is no team, the company expects loyalty from you, but will shitcan you the second they dont need you anymore), which is absolutely a terrible way to go about life.

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Re: Programming's Effect on Mental Health

Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:42 PM

Say this to a roadie, I for one can tell you my life is less stressful out on tour.
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Re: Programming's Effect on Mental Health

Posted 14 November 2012 - 02:33 PM

View PostUtael, on 14 November 2012 - 12:42 PM, said:

Say this to a roadie, I for one can tell you my life is less stressful out on tour.


I believe you, but I think going on tour is a lot more enjoyable, and most roadies are usually good friends with the band they are with.

In contrast, at some office jobs, you're often disconnected from work, depending on where you work, your input isnt really valued, you are expected to work more than 8 hours a day when all you want to do is go home and see your kids, you cant socialize in the way that youd like. Theres so many problems with the typical corporate work place, from an emotional stand point.
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:40 AM

You obviously haven't talked to roadies, it ain't like the movies. We work 18 HR days a lot of the time. Our bed is on wheels. We have work to do while on the bus, being a roadie is a lot more work than the movies potray. Not to mention the money isn't that great. No the reason why we are fine with all of this is we love what we do. That's the key.

Fat finger edit.

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Re: Programming's Effect on Mental Health

Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:56 AM

I am surprised no one has brought up McAffee's recent news headlines.
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 05:31 AM

My issues are both physical and mental. I wasn't so bad when I was just doing java until I started tutoring. One day I finally broke down and was taken to ER. All vitals were normal except blood pressure was 240/120 & scary chest poundings like explosion was about to happen. But here is the problem; symptoms didn't add up because 1- Panic Attack - I had the shortness of breath, fast hearth beat etc but the left side of my body was numb. 2- Heart Attack - Everything added up but I went into a 10+ hour of constant excruciating pain.....no human heart can undergo for more than 1 hour of near-death pressure much less 10 hours. So I' seen every doctor and unable to work for 3 weeks. don't have a clue what to do but can keep posted. when the attacks happen at night they are 90%physical (left side of body pain) and 10% anxiety or whatever.
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Re: Programming's Effect on Mental Health

Posted 24 March 2013 - 09:03 PM

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Re: Programming's Effect on Mental Health

Posted 15 April 2013 - 04:29 PM

litedrive- it sounds like your schizophrenic I have no idea what schizoeffective is.

you really should see a Doctor and get some meds,

Programming doesnt affect your mental health...

I think you are just a programmer with schizophrenia which is not that unusual really..

Many science degree majors and CS degree majors have schizophrenia..

Take the meds and get well soon.

God Bless you.

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Re: Programming's Effect on Mental Health

Posted 15 April 2013 - 04:51 PM

Welcome to replying to a thread shy under two years old.
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Re: Programming's Effect on Mental Health

Posted 15 April 2013 - 04:55 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 15 April 2013 - 11:51 PM, said:

Welcome to replying to a thread shy under two years old.

And on that note I obviously should go to bed.

Ah... damn it.
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Re: Programming's Effect on Mental Health

Posted 29 April 2013 - 10:22 PM

Mental health? The first thing you should care is how your eyes going to get worse over the years... LOL.
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