19 Nov '11, 3am

10 per cent of S'poreans affected by mental illnesses

A new study has revealed that more than 10 per cent of Singaporeans will suffer from mental illness in their lifetime. Depression is the most common mental illness here, with about 170,000 adults, mostly women, affected by it. From the study of 6,616 people last year, other common mental disorders identified were obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety affliction characterised by obsessions, compulsive rituals as well as intrusive thoughts and impulses, reported The Straits Times. The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) will use these results to provide better mental health services and policies, as well as develop new ones. These results were revealed to be in line with global trends. Depression, which the World Health Organisation projects to become the second-leading cause of disability worldwide by 2020, affects 6.3 per cent of Singaporeans -- 110,000 women and 60,00...

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