10 facts about mental disorders

 

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    There are many different mental disorders, with different presentations. They are generally characterized by a combination of abnormal thoughts, perceptions, emotions, behaviour and relationships with others.

  2. Depression is the most common mental disorder, affecting 350 million people.

  3. More women are affected by depression than men.

  4. In low- and middle-income countries, between 76% and 85% of people with mental disorders receive no treatment for their disorder.

  5. In high-income countries, between 35% and 50% of people with mental disorders receive no treatment for their disorder.

  6. Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder, affecting about 21 million people worldwide.

  7. Bipolar disorder affects about 60 million people worldwide.

  8. Worldwide, 47.5 million people have dementia.

  9. WHO recommends at least 1 supervised health care-staff member in every general health facility during humanitarian emergencies to assess and manage mental health problems.

  10. Stigma and discrimination can result in a lack of access to health and social services.

Information taken from the World Health Organisation fact sheet on mental disorders.