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White-collar workers more likely to file psychiatric disability claims.

White-collar workers are much more likely than their blue-collar counterparts to submit a short-term disability (STD) claim for psychiatric conditions such as stress or depression, according to an analysis of Metropolitan Life's disability claims.

Psychiatric claims make up 7 percent of MetLife's STD claims; the majority of these claims are related to depression (55 percent) and stress or anxiety (30 percent). Office workers are more than twice as likely as the general employee population to miss work due to these conditions, and call center personnel are four times more likely. MetLife data also show that employees between the ages of 35 and 44 are most likely to file psychiatric claims.

The National Institute of Mental Health reckons that one employee in 20 may be experiencing depression at any given time, but more than 80 percent of depressed people can be treated quickly and effectively. MetLife researchers recommend that employers provide EAP services to help employees cope with issues in their lives and improve their mental health.

MetLife is the second largest group disability carrier in the industry, with more than $1.6 billion of premiums and equivalents in force.
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Title Annotation:psychiatric disability claims
Publication:The Journal of Employee Assistance
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2004
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