More workers take leave for mental issues than physical disability


This year for the first time more people took a break from the labor market because of stress and physiological reasons as compared to physical symptoms. More than 415,000 people are currently on disability leave because of a mental illness or a behavioral disorder, newspaper Trouw determined in an analysis of Statistics Netherlands (CBS) data.

In 2000, the proportion of those on leave because of psychological reasons was around 30 percent. Currently, the figures for mental disability leave are higher especially among younger individuals. Some 85 percent of the incapacitated under the age of 25 are away from their work because of stress, depression or a behavioral disorder.

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