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TK: Six mental illnesses among the top 12 causes of sick leave
German workers are sick on average around 15 days a year. Among the twelve top diagnoses that are responsible for most absenteeism, half are psychological diagnoses, reports the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK).
More and more people are suffering from mental disorders
Stress and high performance expectations increase more and more. This has an impact on all of us: Around one in four people will suffer from a mental disorder at some point in their lives, scientists reported last year. Of course this also has an impact on the world of work. Absenteeism due to mental illness has reached a new record level.
Half of the top diagnoses are psychological
As can be seen from the first part of the health report published by the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), mental illnesses accounted for 2.7 days of the 15.2 days of absence that working people in Germany had on average on sick leave in 2016.
According to a message from the health insurance company, half of the twelve top diagnoses that cause most absenteeism are mental diagnoses:
Depressive episode (3rd place, 0.8 days per head)
Adaptation and stress disorders (4th place, 0.5 days per head)
Recurrent depression (5th place with 0.3 days per head)
other neurotic disorders (8th place with 0.3 days per head)
Somatoform disorders (9th place with 0.2 days per head)
other anxiety disorders (12th place with 0.2 days per head)
Average sick leave duration decreased
According to the information, the mentally induced absenteeism stagnates at a high level compared to the previous year. Overall, the increase since 2006 has been 86 percent according to TK.
Nationwide sick leave across all diagnoses fell slightly in 2016 from 4.23 to 4.18 percent compared to the previous year.
According to the TK, however, the number of sick days did not decrease, but only the average length of sick leave from 12.8 to 12.6 days. (ad)