Letters Mental health statistic

At least 25% with a mental health problem is a conservative estimate

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1776 (Published 14 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1776
  1. David Goldberg, professor emeritus1,
  2. Peter Huxley, professor of social work and social care2
  1. 1Institute of Psychiatry, London SE21 7HJ, UK
  2. 2Mental Health Research Team, College of Human and Health Sciences and College of Medicine, Swansea University, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK
  1. davidpgoldberg{at}yahoo.com

There are enormous problems in deciding what counts as a mental disorder,1 but most epidemiologists use an official classification such as the international classification of diseases.

We were responsible for providing evidence that the one year prevalence of mental disorders in community samples is about 250/1000.2 We obtained this figure by combining figures for cross sectional …

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