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Women’s Risk of Addiction Up 65% According to Mental Health Index

SAN FRANCISCO and WASHINGTONDec. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — According to the Mental Health Index: U.S. Worker Edition, women’s risk of drug and alcohol addiction is up 65% since September. This alarming news is set against a backdrop of insufficient sleep. Female employees’ risk of sleep apnea has climbed 126% over the past 10 months.

Mental Health Index data tells a better story for men. Male employees are showing some signs of post-election mental health relief despite reaching peak risk levels one month ago. When comparing October to November: men’s focus is up 34%, decision-making skills are up 14% and risk of general anxiety is down 19%. The good news of improvements in men’s mental health is tempered by the U.S. workforce’s overall decline in mental health since February. Everyone’s stress levels and risk of general anxiety, depression and PTSD remain alarmingly higher than before the global pandemic, especially among Gen X workers.

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