Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Increasing Number Of Europeans Mentally Ill

By Julius Kane

A large study out of Europe recently revealed that almost 40% of Europeans suffer from mental illness. The study released September 5 by the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) also concluded that only a third of them are receiving the help they need. Hans Ulrich Wittchen, Director of The institute of Clinical Psychology And Psychotherapy at Germany's Dresden University was lead investigator during the three year study.

The team of researchers who conducted the study wanted policy makers to "devise ways to identify the potential patients early"- to change the projected cost in treating the mentally ill. A 2005 study found that it would cost $386 billion euros ($555 billion dollars) a year back in '05 to treat the mentally ill. However this recent study suggests the cost would be considerably more. The study also concluded that millions of  Europeans suffered from mental and neurological disorders such as depression, anxiety, addiction and schizophrenia.

An estimated  38.2% of the EU's population -- or 164.8 million people -- suffers from a mental disorder.
The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that by 2020 depression will be the leading contributor to the global burden of disease across all ages. Visit Julius Kane at: theunexpurgatedtruth.blogspot.com, Facebook.com/juliuskane, and Twitter.com/juliuskane.

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