Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Low levels of psychological distress are linked to long-term disability, study finds -

Even a little psychological distress adds up over time, according to a new study published online Wednesday in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

British and Swedish researchers looked at a 2002 survey of more than 17,000 Swedes in Stockholm County, and asked them a series of questions to rate their levels of psychological distress on a scale of zero to 12. Zero means no distress, 1-2 is mild, 3-7 is moderate and 8-12 is severe.

They then checked to see how many of these people had enrolled for disability pension awards in 2007. They found that the higher the level of psychological stress, the higher the likelihood that people would need a disability pension award five years down the line.

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