Preliminary results from the world’s largest survey on mental health indicates that mental health is widespread and untreated and that wealthy people with mental illness receive more and better treatment than poor people with severe mental illness. One to five percent of the population of most countries surveyed had serious mental illness according to the findings, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, and in most of the countries nine to seventeen percent of those interviewed had some episode of mental illness in the last year, whether serious or less severe. Around the world it was found that mental illness causes as many days of work lost as any physical problems such as cancer, heart attack, or back pain. The level of role impairment that was found associated with serious mental disorders was staggering: more than a month in the past year when the respondents... [continues]
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