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Even Mild Stress Might Cause Long-Term Disability

According to a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (online), even mild stress might cause inability to work and long term disability. It is a known fact that mental health issues are related to long term disability. However, the adverse effects of mild psychological stress have always been underestimated.

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More than 17,000 employed adults were examined in this study between 2002 and 2007. The health of the participants was tracked. They all completed a questionnaire in the beginning of this research to measure their stress level, mental health and overall health. In this period, about 203 participants got disability benefits for mental problems and about 446 for physical health problems. People with low stress levels at the starting of the study were about 70% more likely to get the disability benefits.

The authors of the study feel that the findings are vital in today’s working life and the stress involved in it. Employees are under pressure and lack personal relationships and strong support network. In such circumstances, even mild stress should be taken seriously to avoid the long term consequences.

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