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43% Indian private sector staff depressed: Study

Nearly 42.5 per cent private sector employees in India suffer from depression or general anxiety disorder due to demanding schedules, high stress levels and performance-linked perquisites, a study said on Monday on the eve of World Health Day.

Delhi ranks first in terms of number of corporate employees suffering from depression or general anxiety disorder, followed by Bangalore, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Pune.

The study surveyed employees from 17 broad sectors, with maximum share coming from IT/ITes and BPO sector at 17 per cent. The rate of emotional problems such as anxiety and depression has increased by 45-50 per cent in the last eight years, the study by the industry body Assocham revealed. “Corporate employees have to survive the stiff global competitive environment to save their jobs, adding pressure on their health, leading to silent diseases,” Assocham Secretary General D S Rawat said.

Moreover, 23 per cent corporate employees suffer from obesity which can modify occupational morbidity, mortality and injury risks that can further affect workplace absence, disability, productivity and healthcare costs.
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