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Expat Health Insurance News: Maintain mental health 'by monitoring stress'

Expatriates could curtail their likelihood of requiring mental health treatment through international health insurance policies by monitoring their stress levels.

Phillip Hodson, fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, explained some of the symptoms of this damaging emotion can be anxieties, sweating, changes to eating patterns, difficulty sleeping and emotional disturbances.

Being overly stressed can make people sick, he remarked, although he admitted some levels of the emotion are needed to "get us going in the day".

The specialist suggested modern business practices can also make people susceptible to mental health problems.

Many companies expect their employees to be available 24 hours a day for seven days a week, he remarked.

Mr Hodson said businesses do not understand that they are "dealing with human beings who function on emotion" when trying to achieve maximum efficiencies.

A recent survey from Mootu.com indicated 65 per cent of adults in the UK think the number of people suffering from mental health problems is growing.

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