Top 10 Health Problems


A new report detailing the top 10 health problems as assessed by employees was released today by ComPsych Corporation. The report, comprised of aggregate wellness data from health risk assessments across ComPsych’s HealthyGuidance book of business, showed that high blood pressure was the No. 1 health issue and that the percentage of employees with depression had decreased while those with anxiety showed a marked increase. ComPsych is the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs and the pioneer and leader of fully integrated EAP, behavioral health, wellness, work-life, HR and FMLA administration services under its GuidanceResources brand.

“Employee behavioral issues and lifestyle choices continue to affect overall health, productivity and ultimately health costs for organizations,” said Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, Chairman and CEO of ComPsych. “The top 10 list represents both physical and emotional issues that employees are faced with – wellness programs that proactively address both the mental and physical aspects of health will produce sustainable results.”

Other key findings of the report:

>>Depression moved from No. 5 down to No. 9 in terms of top-reported health problems. However, anxiety moved up to No. 7, and almost half of those suffering from anxiety are taking medication for it.

>>Gastro-intestinal disease moved into the top five health problems.

>>Some 33 percent of employees report feeling tense or anxious much of the time.

>>Another 24 percent “frequently” worry about their financial situation, while 16 percent “always” worry about their financial situation.

To see the full report, including the percentage of employees taking prescription medication for each of the top 10 health issues, go to