The Edinburgh Evening News reported the following story about depression and anxiety amongst NHS Lothian staff.
STRESSED OUT workers at NHS Lothian missed more than 17,000 days due to depression and anxiety-related illnesses last year as absences rose by almost a quarter to record levels, according to new figures.
Nursing and midwifery staff accounted for more than half the time lost, missing more than 223,000 hours.
The figures have prompted calls for an in-house counselling service to be “extended” to meet growing demand.
The findings, made available through freedom of information legislation, found under-pressure staff missed more than 400,000 hours – the equivalent of 47 years – of work in the period between 2016 and 2017; a 24 per cent rise on the previous 12 months.
It means stress and anxiety-related illnesses are now the largest cause of staff absences at the health board, accounting for more than one per cent of all days missed over the last year.
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Nobody enjoys being sick or being near someone who is threatening to throw up.
But for psychology student Beth Elliott the fear is so overwhelming that it can lead to full-blown panic attacks and stop her leaving the house.
She says she will only eat certain foods, won’t touch alcohol and has doubts about ever wanting children – because she doesn’t know if she’ll be able to cope with their constant vomiting.
“I would genuinely live my life without a leg or an arm if it meant I was never sick again,” she said.
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“But with this, once it’s there you can’t escape it.”
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