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Global Prevalence of current Mental health disorders

Abstract: What is the prevelance of mental disorders in the general population?

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Written by: Martin Winkler
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 24 Jan 2009.

What is the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in general care?


Disorder Prevalence (%)
  • Current Depression 10.4
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7.9
  • Neurasthenia 5.4
  • Harmful Use of Alcohol 3.3
  • Alcohol Dependence 2.7
  • Somatization Disorder (patients who chronically and persistently complain of varied physical symptoms that have no identifiable physical origin) 2.7
  • Dysthymia 2.1
  • Panic Disorder 1.1
  • Agoraphobia with Panic 1.0
  • Hypochondriasis 0.8
  • Agoraphobia without Panic 0.5

Any psychiatric diagnosis 24.9

Two or more mental disorders 9.5

Data from 'Mental Illness in General Health Care' (Ustün & Sartorius, 1995)

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