Study: Mild Stress Leads to Long-Term Disability

Mild stress can lead to long-term disability and an inability to work, a new study says.

According to a large population based study published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the impact of milder forms of psychological stress is likely to have been underestimated. The authors of the study tracked the health of more than 17,000 working adults up to the age of 64 between 2002 and 2007. All participants completed a questionnaire at the start of the study to measure their mental health and stress levels.

During the five year monitoring period, 649 people started receiving disability benefits, 203 for a mental health problem.

Higher levels of stress at the beginning of the study were associated with a significantly greater likelihood of subsequently being awarded long-term disability benefits. Those with mild stress, however, were up to 70 percent more likely to receive disability benefits.

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