18 Nov '11, 4am

A study has found most Singaporeans suffering from mental illness do not seek help

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Mental Health Study has shown that major depressive disorder, alcohol abuse and obsessive compulsive disorder have emerged as the top three most common disorders here. The nation-wide study, conducted by the Institute of Mental Health last year, also revealed that majority of people are still not seeking help. Survey results showed that the average time needed for people to seek help could range from two years for alcohol dependency issues to 13 years for those with alcohol abuse. Most then turn to psychiatrists or GPs and counsellors in the community for help. Some also seek religious or spiritual help. The survey studied more than 6,500 residents here above the age of 18 years old and found that majority of mental illness occurred at the age of 29 years old. Results also saw that one in two people with mental illness have accompanying chronic co...

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