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A three-year study conducted by a large corporation showed that 60 percent of employee absences were due to psychological problems such as stress.

The annual cost of depression surpasses that of heart disease, affecting about 11 million Americans each year at a cost of $43.7 billion -- over half of which comes from absenteeism and lost productivity at work.

Depression is experienced by nearly 8 million Americans in any one-month period. Minor depression, which affects even more people, may account for 51 percent more disability days than major depression.

Forty-eight percent of all Americans between the ages of 15 and 54 experience a psychological problem during their lifetime. As a matter of fact, one in four suffers a problem in any given year. Of these individuals, only 28 percent seek help.

Research estimates that between 50 and 70 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are by individuals who have no identifiable physical illness but whose complaints are related to psychological factors. In fact, anxiety and depression are among the six most common conditions seen in family practice.

Seventy percent of Americans consider access to psychological services to be very important, but only 35 percent believe they have adequate access.

Sixty-four percent of Americans believe that people should seek professional help when they have an emotional problem they can't solve.

Forty-seven percent of Americans do not know when it would be appropriate to seek psychological services, and 68 percent do know how to go about seeking help when they do need it.

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