Sunday, June 19, 2011

Mental Illness Most Common Illness for Young People Worldwide

Mental illness is the No. 1 cause of disabilities among young people across the globe, a study from the World Health Organization has confirmed.

Not only is it the largest cause of disabilities, it comprises about 45% of the "disease burden" that people ages 10 to 24 have.  And people ages 10 to 24 compose 27% of the world's population.

The study, released June 8, showed that major depression, alcoholism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder constitute nearly half of the diseases in this age group.  Most of the illness occurs beginning during the late teenage years and early 20s.

So why on Earth isn't this taken more seriously?

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