According to research by Legal & General Group, one million people now claim sickness benefits for mental health or behavioural problems; an increase of nearly 200,000 since 2002.
Managing Director Dianne Buckley said “increasing pressures in the workplace such as changes in regulation and trying to deliver more for less, are all taking their toll.
Last year a Government commissioned report claimed that more workers are claiming sick pay before quitting to live on benefits.
Putting up with stress can seriously impact your personal life and affect people around you.
Symptoms of stress can include:
• Being particularly snappy or feelings of anger
• Feeling emotional or teary
• Chest pains or palpitations
• Anxiety or feeling depressed
• Constipation or diarrhoea
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A counsellor can help to identify a person’s particular triggers for stress and help to re-assess the value system, which may have prevented them from adequate self-protection.
Individual Counselling can address issues of low self-esteem and allow the sufferer to be more realistic about their abilities and help them to be more assertive.