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Mental Health Disorders Endanger Employee Careers

Low levels of treatment for mental health disorders endangers the careers of employees.

While mental health disorders are usually concealed by employees, they are quite ubiquitous.

Researchers analyzing results from the U.S. National Comorbidity Survey, a nationally representative study of Americans ages 15 to 54, reported that 18% of those who were employed said they experienced symptoms of a mental health disorder in the previous month.

The National Institute of Mental Health reports some startling statistics as of 2017…

Mental Health:

  • One of every five American adults (46.6 million) suffers from a mental health disorder

This includes statistics for a variety of specific mental health disorders, including…


  • An estimated 19.1% of U.S. adults had any anxiety disorder in the past year

  • An estimated 31.1% of U.S. adults experience any anxiety disorder at some time in their lives


  • An estimated 4.5% of American adults U.S. adults aged 18 or older (11 million) had at least one major depressive episode with severe impairment

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder:

  • The overall prevalence of current adult ADHD is 4.4%.

  • The estimated lifetime prevalence of ADHD in U.S. adults aged 18 to 44 years was 8.1%