EAP briefs (June 4, 2001)

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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

Depression on the rise

Ottawa — The number of Canadians visiting doctors because of depression has risen for the sixth consecutive year, according to research from IMS Health Canada. In the last six years, visits for depression have increased by 36 per cent across the country, making depression to the second-leading reason people visit their doctors, behind hypertension. Last year, Canadians visited office-based physicians 7.8 million times for depression. According to the Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health, depression costs about $92 billion a year in North America, two-thirds in economic and business loss and one-third in the direct costs of diagnosis. “The modern workplace is the greatest source of stress in the lives of Canadians, stress is a trigger for depression and this one disorder represents the most powerful source of worker disability,” said Bill Wilkerson, roundtable founder and president.

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