Sickness Absence From Work: More Anxiety Than Otherwise


Norwegian, Australian and U.K. researchers find, in a study of 13,436 community members, linked with official records of sickness absence from work (SA), that although common mental disorders (CMD) “are long-lasting predictors of onset, duration and recurrence of SA, anxiety appears to be a more important contributor to long-term SA than previously described in the literature.” There was a general trend toward the effect of CMD on SA diminishing over time, and depression alone was not a significant risk factor for SA. Results appeared online in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica on July 7, 2012.

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Knudsen, A.K., Harvey, S.B., Mykletun, A., Overland, S.; “Common mental disorders and long-term sickness absence in a general working population. The Hordaland Health Study.” Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, online July 7 2012

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].