The cumulative cost of treating acute stress is staggering. Stress and its related comorbid diseases are responsible for a large proportion of disability worldwide, and it is estimated that these factors will cost organizations more than $150 billion in lower productivity, absenteeism, and disability in the next 2 decades.11 Amazingly, within the work setting, nearly half of all employee turnover is due to job stress.22 Between 1980 and 1990, the number of stress disability claims made by workers in California alone increased by more than 800%. Finally, in 2000, it was estimated that the cost for treating acute stress was possibly the highest per capita cost of any psychological condition.33 Stress can also lead to physical, psychological, and behavioral difficulties.44 Three stress-related disorders in particular, chronic pain, hypertension, and headache, account...

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