The Extent Of Mental Health Problems In The UK

mental healthEvery year the Guardian and Observer newspapers carry out a Christmas appeal and this year it’s about mental health. The appeal aims to dispel the myth that mental health problems are only experienced by a small minority of people and in a bid to prove this, they have released statistics which reveal the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in the UK.

Many people may be surprised to learn that 23% of adults - that’s nearly one in four of us - will experience generalised anxiety disorder, mixed anxiety and depressive disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder at some point within the course of a year. The most common mental health disorder in the UK is reported to be mixed anxiety and depression which affects 9.7 in every 100 people.

Women are more likely to suffer than men are with 19.7% of females reporting symptoms of a mental health disorder compared to 12.5% of men. What may also come as a surprise to many is the fact that the most commonly affected age group is people between 45 - 54 who make up 19.9% of all cases. This is followed by the 16 - 34 age range who make up 18.2% of cases whereas people aged between 65 and 74 appear to be less likely to suffer as they make up the fewest number of cases with 10.6%.

It’s not just adults who suffer from mental health conditions however. It’s thought that 1 in 10 children aged between 5 and 16 suffer from a diagnosable disorder - this is the equivalent to a shocking three pupils in every class. Worryingly, the number of young people aged 15- 16 with depression nearly doubled between the 1980s and 2000s.

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