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Common Mental Health Disorders

on December 20, 2014

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Common Mental Health Disorders


The Centre for Economic Performance’s Mental Health Policy Group (2012) states that at least one third of all families includes someone with a mental illness; 17% are adults and 10% children. The most common mental disorders, which can be found in up to 15% of the population at any one time, include (NICE, 2011a):


  • Depression, which is characterised by low mood and can be further categorised according to severity (i.e. atypical, seasonal, major, dysrhythmia), is experienced by 10% of people in Britain (Mind, 2012).


  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder, which comprises “excessive worry about a number of different events associated with heightened tension” (NICE, 2011b), affects about 1 in 20 adults in Britain (NHS, 2012).


  • Panic Disorder, defined as “recurring, unforeseen panic attacks followed by at least 1 month of persistent worry about having another attack and concern about its consequences”(NICE, 2012)…

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