According to recent research, Brits are in the grip of a ‘desk rage’ epidemic, with over half of us (48%) admitting to regular work meltdowns in the office.

The survey by PruHealth and the Vitality Wellness Programme, revealed that as financial pressures and job security fears mount – over a quarter of us take it out by physically throwing work equipment around the office.

Over 26% of people admit to losing it at work and (physically) taking it out on their computers, slamming their telephones, throwing something or banging their fists on their desk.

And it’s not just office equipment that feels the brunt of work-related pressures.

One in thirteen working Brits admit to witnessing a physical assault between colleagues and 3% reveal they’ve been physically aggressive to a workmate.

The findings revealed that, when under pressure, workers are more likely to lose it and become irritable or angry (46%) and nearly half (49%) are not convinced their stress levels will get any better in the future.

Have you ever lost it at work? Take a look at these funny stock images of women getting angry with computers…

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Experts from the study believe the reason behind violent 'desk rage' episodes is because Brits are stressed-out and their physical behaviour could signal signs of depression.

Dr Dawn Richards, head of clinical services at PruHealth told HuffPost Lifestyle: “Stress, depression or anxiety are so prevalent in the workplace they now account for the most days lost due to work-related ill health.

"This is not only bad for people’s health and wellbeing, it is bad for business as it costs employers nearly £26 billion each year in sickness absence, reduced productivity and employee turnover.

“The first step to dealing with stress and mental illness is recognising it exists and how common it is. Mental health remains a taboo subject and this is the biggest barrier in addressing it.

“Early intervention and putting the right coping mechanisms in place are very important to nip symptoms in the bud, which is why awareness amongst individuals and employers alike is critical.”

Do you suspect that you're being bullied at work? Take a look at these top tips on beating workplace bullying...

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  • Keep Evidence Of The Bullying

    "Make sure you keep any physical evidence of the bullying in the form of letters, memos, emails or text messages. This will help back your case if you decide to take matters further."

  • Write A Diary

    "Write everything down. Every incident counts and it might enable you to spot a pattern in the bullying and help you understand the motivations behind it. But make sure you keep the diary or journal safe and not at work, because if it gets into the wrong hands, you may be accused of misconduct in the workplace."

  • Get Help

    "If talking to the bully doesn't stop the bullying from happening, get help. There is no shame or failure in doing this. "There are many advice and support lines that specialise in dealing with workplace bullying, so take a look at <a href="http://www.supportline.org.uk/problems/bullying_at_work.php" target="_hplink">SupportLine.org</a>, <a href="www.dignityatworknow.org.uk" target="_hplink">DAWN</a> (Dignity At Work Now) <a href="www.jfo.org.uk " target="_hplink"> Just Fight On</a> and <a href="http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1461" target="_hplink">Acas</a> (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service). "Another good website is the <a href="http://www.tuc.org.uk/index.cfm" target="_hplink">TUC</a> (Trade Union Congress), where it gives you information about how to join a union."

  • Talk To The Bully

    "The bullying may not be deliberate. If you can, talk to the person in question, who may not realise how their behaviour has been affecting you. Work out what to say beforehand. Describe what has been happening and why you object to it. Stay calm and be polite. If you don't want to talk to them yourself, ask someone else to do so for you."

  • Obtain A Copy Of The Employment Bullying Policy

    "If you decide that you want to take it further and make an official complaint, obtain a copy of your employer's bullying and Harassment policy to ensure you file the complaint correctly. Making a formal complaint is the next step if you can't solve the problem informally. To do this you must follow your employer's grievance procedure."