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Employees Less Depressed, More Anxious in 2013

One-third of employees feel tense, anxious much of the time; 24 percent often worry about finances

FRIDAY, Aug. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Employees are less depressed but more anxious than last year, with one-third of employees feeling tense or anxious much of the time, according to a report published by the ComPsych Corporation.

Researchers from ComPsych compiled wellness data from employees to track trends in health and wellness. They identified the top 10 health problems and examined lifestyle choices and habits that affect health.

According to the report, depression moved from number five to number nine of the top 10 employee health problems, and depressive symptoms decreased from 22 percent in 2012 to 17 percent in 2013. Anxiety moved up to number seven on the list, with 33 percent of employees across all industries reporting feeling tense or anxious much of the time. Twenty-four and 16 percent, respectively, frequently or always worry about their financial situation. Gastrointestinal disease moved to number five on the list of health problems. Sixty-three percent of employees reported eating two servings or less of fruit and vegetables per day and 29 percent of employees reported exercising once or less per week.

"Employees with full-blown anxiety disorders can cost employers in other ways as well," according to the report. "They are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor, often seeking relief for symptoms that mimic physical illness, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America."

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