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03 Mar 2004

South African mental disorder statistics
Is there a publication I can source that will give me statistics on mental health disorders which I need for a class assignment? I have searched a lot of sites, but found nothing but American stats so far.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Dear Sandy,
Yes, you could try both the ideas proposed by our readers. When at high levels of government, including the Ministry of Health, there is still, such ludicrous denial of the reality of the AIDS pandemic, and continued neglect of the constitutionally guaranteed equal availability of treatment for mental health problems, it's hardly surprising that there are no good and reliable stats for mental health problems in South Africa --- there is no motivation or funding for conducting the necessary research to producegood stats. You'll find most folks rely on American or European figures ( we have no reason to expect the situation in SA to be any better than these ). Such studies as have been done have mainly been in geographically limited areas, such as the rather over-studied Western Cape and espcially the environs of Cape Town, and not necessarily generalizeable to the rest of the country.
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