18 Nov '11, 11pm

'1 in 10 will suffer from mental illness': Study

'1 in 10 will suffer from mental illness': Study

Most sufferers do not seek help It strikes young. The majority of mental illnesses occurred by 29 years of age. Most sufferers do not seek help. Fewer than one in three approach people such as psychiatrists, care givers, counsellors, GPs or religious or spiritual healers. Those who do seek help take a long time to do so. The average time taken ranges from four years for people with depression, to 13 years for those with alcohol abuse. Mental and chronic physical illness such as cancer, heart conditions, diabetes and high blood pressure often go hand in hand. Over 14 per cent of people with chronic physical illness also have a mental illness. Among those with mental illness, over half have a chronic physical illness. Over one in 10 people here will suffer from a mental illness in their lifetime. Depression, alcohol abuse and obsessive compulsive disorder are the three most ...

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