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Mental illness exacts 'enormous toll' for US businesses and institutions

A study led by a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine psychiatrist highlights the toll anxiety and depressive disorders exact on workplace performance and profits and points to employer-guaranteed specialized psychiatric care as both cost effective and humane.

According to the Hopkins report in the Nov. 10 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, employees with anxiety and depressive disorders work fewer hours, are more likely to end up on disability, and are less productive than their counterpart employees.

The study further shows that anxiety and/or depression complicate other medical conditions and seem to have a ripple effect in the work setting, creating low morale among coworkers and a higher turnover rate.

Lead author Alan Langlieb, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of psychiatry, examined more than 100 published studies exploring how mental illness affects the workplace.

"After reviewing and analyzing the literature, it is clear that we have reached a tipping point," Langlieb said. "It is now pretty much indisputable that depression and anxiety in the workplace are an enormous expense to employers in terms of health care costs and productivity," he added.

Evidence shows that one in every 20 Americans will be depressed in a given year and that major depression will be the second leading cause of disability in the year 2020, according to Langlieb. Anxiety disorders will affect 29 percent of Americans in their lifetime, he added.

"Anxiety and depressive disorders, which often go hand in hand, create tremendous social and economic burdens on our society. They can be as debilitating as any major chronic illness," Langlieb said.

It is estimated that in 2000, the United States spent $83.1 billion for costs associated with depression and $63.1 billion in 1998 for costs associated with anxiety disorders. According to Langlieb's review, such costs include not only direct health c
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Contact: Eric Vohr
evohr1@jhmi.edu
410-955-8665
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
10-Nov-2005


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