Insomnia and Emotional Distress Could Lead to Depression and Anxiety

According to new research conducted by graduate students of the University at Albany, SUNY, many adults who don’t have a formal psychiatric diagnosis still have mental health symptoms that interfere with full participation in the workforce. Using combined data from three national databases, the study looked at the relationship between mental health symptoms and work-related outcomes; for example, being unemployed or the number of work absences. Their findings suggest that insomnia and emotional distress account for most of the work-related mental problems like depression and anxiety. For generalized anxiety disorder, the duration of the episode of anxiety was the factor with the greatest impact.

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