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British workers hit by anxiety

1st June 2009

A survey carried out by Norwich Union Healthcare has found that British employees are feeling anxious and depressed because of the current economic climate.


The annual Health of the Workplace survey polled 1,000 employees, 200 GPs and 200 business leaders. 

The survey revealed that employees were devoting more "time and effort into their jobs". A third said they did not take a lunch hour and around half went into work when they were unwell.

50% of employees reported feeling stressed and one in five said they were depressed. Half of workers said they suffered from insomnia, one third said they had migraines and 21% had anxiety attacks.

One fifth of smokers said they had increased the amount of cigarettes they smoked, while nearly a third of employees said they were drinking more alcohol.

Nearly 50% of GPs reported that their patients' use of drugs and alcohol had increased and 89% said they thought depression and "requests for anti-depressants" would significantly rise this year.

Although 97% of business leaders said their workers' health had an effect on how productive the business was, only 1% reported that they intended to bring in "new health measures" this year.

Dr Douglas Wright, head of clinical governance at Norwich Union Healthcare, said: "On top of the adverse mental effects of stress itself, an unhealthy diet, limited exercise and increased levels of smoking and drinking could have far-reaching and long-term effects on both the nation's health and the UK economy."


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Article Information

Title: British workers hit by anxiety
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 11582
Date Added: 1st Jun 2009


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