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38% of Europeans are mentally ill - study

2011-09-06 16:49

London - A new study estimates that about 38% of Europeans, or 165 million people, have some type of mental illness and that most are going untreated.

Researchers analysed data from more than 500 million people in 30 countries in the European Union, plus Switzerland, Iceland and Norway.

The experts surveyed more than 90 different problems, from attention deficit disorders in children to dementia in Alzheimer's patients. Rates of mental disorders didn't appear to be rising, compared to a similar study in 2005.

The most common problems included anxiety disorders, insomnia, depression, alcohol and drug dependence, and dementia. Experts estimated only one-third of people receive treatment.

Comments
  • silverflash - 2011-09-06 17:04

    lol its not a joke i no , but its dam funny lmao

      Johan van Zyl - 2011-09-07 08:06

      So 1 in 3 are mentally ill. Think of your two closest friends... if they seems OK, then it must be YOU!

      daaivark - 2011-09-07 08:42

      Man, it depends on what is defined as mentally ill, and by whom, arbitrary at best.

      sabc10 - 2011-09-07 12:48

      No wonder.It makes sense.I do not have "real" european friends. I always found them to be rather odd or extreme. Perhaps its assortive mating that has caused this illness.??

      daaivark - 2011-09-07 13:00

      What illness, sabc? This article is essentially meaningless.

      sabc10 - 2011-09-07 13:56

      It was studied recently that in holland there was a higher tendency for autism because parents seemed to be similar in certain characteristics eg strong orderley... that increased the risk of autism. It was not trying to say that they should not of had children. Its just interesting.

  • Gambino - 2011-09-06 17:14

    So many loonies???!!!!

  • Colin - 2011-09-06 17:21

    I bet the study was financed by a pharmaceutical company who invented mental illnesses in hopes of pushing sales

      Andrew - 2011-09-06 17:44

      And keep inventing new ones in case you're missed out! "it is no measure of mental health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society"

      zaatheist - 2011-09-07 04:22

      Since when is "alcohol and drug dependence" a mental disorder. This all seems like nonsense to me.

  • PinkAndProud - 2011-09-06 17:31

    Oh please, get a life and take note of the nature of the 'mental' illnesses.

  • Shilly Maelane - 2011-09-06 17:32

    Lol... @ the title!!!

  • voltaire - 2011-09-06 17:56

    38%. mmm. That would be just slightly less than the amount of people outside of one standard deviation from the mean of the normal distribution. So if you are not average, you are mentally ill.

  • Shivermetimb - 2011-09-06 18:08

    Must be all the immigrants . . .

      makgala - 2011-09-07 09:21

      immigrants make less than 10%.

  • DrP - 2011-09-06 19:30

    it is more than 38% if you count religion as a mental illness, which it probably is...

      sabc10 - 2011-09-07 13:20

      I agree.People tend to get a " high " from listening to the sermons and coming out of the church forgetting about the message.

  • Sleepazoid - 2011-09-06 20:40

    Does this also mean that 38% of psychiatrists, Psychologists etc. are also insane? Which group made up the statistics? I`d love to know what the % in Africa is?

  • Eland Eland - 2011-09-06 21:15

    Why Africa? Why must Africa be involved with these European loonies? If you are of that ancestry, ha hahaha…you might be mad as well…watch what you say hence forth…

      LiraShea - 2011-09-07 07:46

      Europeans came with their blood diseases, mental diseases and pestilence... Africa never had a chance. And yes, I can hear the outcries of bringing civilisation and technology etc. Africa did not ask to be delivered from Africa. The long and short of it is that they came with selfish interest to a place that was not theirs and wreaked havoc and mischief and now they cry innocence and being uber- creatures next to God. Oh, and madness.

      daaivark - 2011-09-07 08:43

      OK, let's keep our racist hobby-horses in the stable now, skapies.

      Spoedvark - 2011-09-07 12:57

      You forget that people emigrated from Africa to Europe millennia ago. All those loony Europeans are, ultimately, from African descent!

  • Jason - 2011-09-06 21:20

    When I read this I thought don't tell me but I bet you ADD is part of that. ADD isn't a mental Illness its a problem with kids having no discipline and doing whatever they want and giving a dam about parents and school. dementia in Alzheimer's are mental illnesses but I bet you they make a very small % of that 38%.

  • DWP - 2011-09-07 02:32

    I think most South Africans suffer from "anxiety disorders, insomnia, depression, alcohol and drug dependence". Think it's a sign of the modern world we live in

  • daaivark - 2011-09-07 08:41

    I reckon this points to severe flaws in what we so blithely consider normal. "Normal" people can be so boring.

  • Taurusaurus - 2011-09-07 09:37

    "A new study estimates [...]" - guesstimates. "The most common problems included anxiety disorders, insomnia, depression, alcohol and drug dependence, and dementia." - and since when are anxiety, insomnia, and alcohol / drug dependence mental disorders? Anxiety is stress - stress isn't a mental disorder, its life and how you handle it. Insomnia isn't a mental disorder - it is biological (and can be affected by stress or other conditions, but primarily biological). Alcohol and Drug dependence are addictions caused by abuse, which again, is NOT a mental disorder - it is normal to develop habits, routines, addictions, or "preferences" in life, to simplify making similar choices in repetitious circumstances. Addictions can exist in many forms; coffee, exercise, extreme sports, alcohol, television, computer games, hoarding / collecting, fashion, shopping, smoking, and even bullying others can be considered an addiction depending on the factors involved. The point I'm making is that these "mental disorders" are not correctly classified, and cannot be accurately reported or cited as strictly mental disorders, thus rendering this "study" incomplete, misleading, unreliable, and misrepresented. The diagnosis of a mental disorder is a strict adherence to the observation of a certain percentage of tell-tale symptoms without imposing upon mundane, biological, or physiological causes for said symptoms. (Dogs barking all night and keeping you awake does not make you an insomniac)

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