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Dr Ellie Cannon: ‘Workplace stress has become an epidemic’

More than 12 million working days were lost to anxiety and depression last year but medication is not always the answer


Francine Wolfisz is the Features Editor for Jewish News.

As he walked into his local surgery, one patient truly believed he was displaying the symptoms of a heart attack. 

With difficulty breathing, pain all over his body and a racing heart, many would have been forgiven for thinking the same, but Dr Ellie Cannon’s experience told her this was in fact a panic attack brought on by work-induced stress – a condition now so common that the World Health Organisation calls it “a global epidemic”.