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Mental illnesses often at a young age

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Mental disorders often develop at a young age. Photo: Fabian Sommer/dpa

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Accordingly, a fifth of 18 to 24 year olds said that they were long-term or chronically affected by burnout, stress, depression or nervous disorders. In the middle age group between 25 and 54 years it was even a quarter.

Yougov surveyed 2,068 people nationwide in January. According to Swiss Life, the survey was representative of the population aged 18 and over. “It is noticeable that depression, burnout or other nervous disorders now occur at a very early stage in life and have an impact on the employment situation,” said Stefan Holzer, Member of the Executive Board of Swiss Life Germany.

Because mental illness often leads to occupational disability: According to an analysis of Swiss Life customer data, mental illness is the most common cause of occupational disability at 37 percent – this corresponds to the surveys of other insurers.

In the case of older people over 55, on the other hand, other complaints come to the fore: in the baby boomer generation, 38 percent complained about long-term or chronic back pain and other diseases of the musculoskeletal system, but only 15 percent about mental illness.

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