Mental disorders affect more than a third of Europeans
Nature News , 05092011 doi: 10.1038/news.2011.514
Treatment of those afflicted is ‘unusually deficient’.
I’m sure the media well be all over this, making it sound like 40% of Europeans are nuts. But the actual report states that the most common mental disorders are anxiety and insomnia, not the usual things conjured up when terms like mental disorder are used.
Anxiety and insomnia are responsible for about half of the 40%. And while nothing to ignore, they do not have the debilitating effects on individuals and on society that other problems present.
The disorder with the greatest effects both on the individual and on society – depression – affects 7% of the population in any one year. Very high but not as shocking at the 40% number.