Half the world to develop mental health disorder

A study has found that more people are experiencing mental health problems. Researchers found that half of us will have at least one mental health disorder by the age of 75. The lead author of the study said the most common problems were mood disorders, like depression or anxiety. He added that the risk of disorders differed between men and women. The three most common mental health disorders for women were depression, phobias that make daily life more difficult and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Men suffered most from alcohol abuse, depression, and phobias.

The researchers looked at 32 mental health surveys from the WHO. Over 156,000 people in 29 countries answered questions about their mental well-being. The researchers found out when mental health problems first started in people. They also looked at the risk of getting different mental disorders. These included panic attacks, drug abuse and ADHD. An important finding was that mental disorders appeared a lot in children. Young people need more help with their lives. They need services that find and treat their mental health problems.