Nearly 40 percent of Europeans suffer mental illness

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jrj90620 wrote:

Wish they compared Europe to the U.S.,Asia and other countries.

Sep 05, 2011 10:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
forteinjeff wrote:

There’s little doubt that we’d probably see similar numbers in the U.S.A.. Now the question is if there’s going to be enough people left who’s actually working and producing so we can care for all of those who can’t take care of themselves? I’m 100% for caring for those who are in real trouble and have real illnesses, but like it or not, we’ve also seen at least here in this country that there’s a whole lot of people who will do anything to avoid doing anything so nasty such as working for a living. How many other households can I afford on my wages alone must be factored in when discussing this very complicated issue.

Sep 05, 2011 11:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
waspbust wrote:

I have great doubts that this study has a meaning other than to be sensational. Although they probably did a decent job sampling, they probably averaged over countries in Eastern Europe versus Central and Southern Europe. Romania and Bulgaria and even Poland have horrible problems that go beyond the economic problems in Spain. Norway and Sweden have very high rates of depression compared to Italy. Finland, although a wealthy country, has the highest rate of alcoholism in Europe, whereas Southern Europe has minimal alcoholism. The Brits are a complete mess. They have incredibly high obesity rates, social turmoil, and lousy weather. Massive numbers of Brits are moving to Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Greece. I would love to see the rates of mental illness stratified by SOuthern versus Northern Europe.

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prudentmancfa wrote:

Disappointment causes mental stress and when governments internationally make irresponsible promises for cradle to grave security they inevitably cause disappointment and panic when they can’t meet those irrational promises. Governments can no longer borrow from future income to fund current expenditures as there isn’t any future income left.

Unfortunately for those true believers in big government their leaders never understood you can’t spend more than you earn because you may earn nothing in the future. That future is now.

They used to teach that in grades school before the educational system was controlled by collectivist advocates of politcal correctness. Now Phd economists don’t get it as their profession is a social study fraud.

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prudentmancfa wrote:

Disappointment causes mental stress and when governments internationally make irresponsible promises for cradle to grave security they inevitably cause disappointment and panic when they can’t meet those irrational promises. Governments can no longer borrow from future income to fund current expenditures as there isn’t any future income left.

Unfortunately for those true believers in big government their leaders never understood you can’t spend more than you earn because you may earn nothing in the future. That future is now.

They used to teach that in grades school before the educational system was controlled by collectivist advocates of politcal correctness. Now Phd economists don’t get it as their profession is a social study fraud.

Sep 05, 2011 12:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KCTruby wrote:

What could you expect? For 60 years they have been so afraid to act like men again they have become a nation of wussies.

Sep 05, 2011 7:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
virtue wrote:

Why not 100 percent who have not sometime experienced a degree of depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Is the study paid of the pharmaceutical industry – corrupt science

Sep 05, 2011 7:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
smartypants2 wrote:

More like it’s more people refusing to take responsibility for their own part in life. There are people who truly have these sad afflictions, but we are to quick to lable others so they fit nicely in the square hole/peg!

Sep 05, 2011 7:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JasonK wrote:

I’m pretty sure that Russia has a higher rate of alcoholism than Finland.

Sep 05, 2011 7:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RedBaker wrote:

What’s crazy is believing 38% of any population is crazy. What’s crazy is using mass craziness as an excuse to drug the population, underwrite massive new mental health programs, underwrite lots of new research and drug development programs, and declaring a huge portion of the population mentally ill. Whoever is behind this study and gets behind funding all these programs is your enemy.

Sep 05, 2011 7:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Gaius666 wrote:

Mainly Brits and Germans, so what?

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macksfield wrote:

No God no peace, know God know peace.
Its not rocket science.

Sep 05, 2011 7:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
NetShark wrote:

These “study” results have been predicted for 50 years in science fiction stories. “Coincidentally, it just happens to be” produced from progressive giant overbearing nanny governments which say their citizens are suffering from problems which will only be cured through medication.

Sep 05, 2011 7:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sueinmi wrote:

Sorry but people just don’t know how to handle anything that comes along in their life. TOUGHEN UP folks! Medical professionals have created a psychosis for everything, thus people all think it’s abnormal to have whatever they are experiencing. We are ALL depressed about various things, we are ALL anxious about various things, we are ALL angry about things….it’s called NORMAL.

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Joesockit wrote:

I agree with some of the previous posters. These are lazy, worthless human debris that the system has created, not mentally ill people. I grew up believing that if I didn’t take care of myself and my own that I’d be out in the street. That is a great motivator. Today the entitlement mentality has taken that away so you end up with welfare babies, people with “anxiety” so they can’t work, and other bullsh*t excuses. I say let em starve. Your right to do nothing and be taken care of, have endless babies, ends at my wallet. Make them beg, Maybe modifing their behavior, getting an education, learning a trade, ect.. will look a little more attractive when their stomach is growling. I don’t mind helping someone who really needs it but you had better have done everything you could for yourself before you come asking for me to support you because I’ve had to do alot of things I don’t want to, when I didn’t feel like it, to support myself. I’m sick of the the slackers. They’re is what has ruined the US and Europe.

Sep 05, 2011 8:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
49er wrote:

But all the mental cases reside in Portugal and Greece. So expel them.

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Maxfusion wrote:

Read Federic Bastiat’s The Law, and you’ll be just fine.

Sep 05, 2011 9:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
lphock wrote:

It can’t be true! It could a recent phenomenon due to disparity of society. I note, as cinese Singaporean, the European Expat and family of late, are extravagant as the chinese towkays. Owning expensive European cars, exotic holidays, renting large premium houses….
Perhaps, the Singapore population has a higher percentage of mental illness.Haha

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trajan2448 wrote:

Key paragraph:Those few receiving treatment do so with considerable delays of an average of several years and rarely with the appropriate, state-of-the-art therapies.”

That is socialized medicine for you in a nutshell.

Sep 05, 2011 10:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
worddust wrote:

The citizens of welfare states have few responsibilities and plenty of time for the luxury of “mental illnesses.” If they had to really work for a living to have a place to live and food to eat they wouldn’t have time to be depressed.

Sep 05, 2011 12:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Manysounds wrote:

Over diagnoses maybe?

Sep 05, 2011 12:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse

What I’d like to know is: How do they determine who is ACTUALLY suffering the disabilities of depression & alcoholism, and who is faking it in order to get out of having to work? I know a guy who said that working made him depressed & drove him to drink and, Presto! He was placed on disability and never had to work again.

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fmcart wrote:

The human race got by just fine for thousands of years of recorded history and then some. Now all of a sudden 40% of us are coo-coo for cocoa puffs? Clearly, someone is trying to line their pockets.

Sep 06, 2011 1:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
marc5477 wrote:

There is a reason why psychology is considered a “soft” science. Many scientists go so far as to say it isnt even a science. Studies like this are one of the reasons. See the funny thing about psychology is that they like to create disorders where none exist. If they could make being normal a disease they would and believe me they try all the time. Every single one of the above stated conditions are NORMAL for all individuals of our species to experience several times in our lives. THIS IS NORMAL. You do not need to be medicated for being human. Can medications help sometimes? Yes but most (id say 99%) of people with these conditions are caused by having an extremely weak mind not by “illness.” But see, if everyone thought that these things were normal, then psychologists would go out of business and the field would lose its value. Most of these can be cured by inspirational messages. Since most of the people who have these issues have a weak mind, things like church, and inspirational books/tapes work just as well, if not better, than an therapist. The trick is to remember that when you feel that way, its ok and every single adult you have ever met has felt that same way at some point in their life. If you have a strong mind you will recover faster than others.

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godiva wrote:

If they eliminated the disability freebies given to them, that rate would drop like a rock. Yep, buck up, put away the drugs, work even when you feel sad… or go without, and most of that mental illness would get cured.

Sep 06, 2011 5:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Easy answer for the vast majority: Societectomy.

The modern world has truly become a rat race. Interesting that our built-in defense mechanisms which lead to a medical diagnosis of anxiety and depression are now termed “illnesses”. Those are mainly reactions to situations caused by the true illness. That true illness is the state of society in general. Everyone screwing over everyone else for a percentage of it. There’s your main cause right there.

I’m actually amazed that more people aren’t slaughtering each other in the streets. That’s going to be the ultimate conclusion to the over-infestation of what used to be called the human race.

When things blow, they’re going to blow big. That’s the nature of humans under never-ending stress. It’s inevitable. Some say never, but then they also said never to another stock market crash, a collapse of housing, a President openly disassembling the stability of the country, America losing it’s place as leader of world commerce, etc., etc. Study the rise and fall of all past great societies. Collapse is formulaic.

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ffallguy wrote:

On one hand, the study appears to be an attempt to drum up business for the mental health profession. On the other hand, people who live in large cities have a tendency to develop mental health issues more so than their neighbors in rural setting. Hmm, I think both arguments are correct.

Sep 06, 2011 5:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
nashG51 wrote:

Just curious as to who paid for this study. If it was a big parmaceutical company, then, wow, how much of an increase in sales of perscription drugs might this generate? We have enough people thinking that their shyness is a disease that needs to be medicated. And, there’s another cynical way to look at this: Think, “Brave New World”, where everyone is suppose to be on drugs to be “happy”. Nothing like a populace legally drugged to keep them in line. Just a thought

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loobiedoobie wrote:

This article is so revealing about the attitudes of young adults, especially sociology students, that have been raised in the ‘you’re so very special’ era. These are not new issues at all but we used to get through them with friends, family, and faith if that’s what your bag is. Today, it just can’t be your fault you are so special. So if you’re having a blue period in your life you are so important you just can’t be expected to be productive can you? You’re obviously suffering from something aren’t you? Liberal inroads into ‘regular’ society leave people feeling that you can do no wrong and there’s always someone or something to blame. So say this and it opens the floodgates for millions upon millions to say they’re sick and get benefits than just pull up their bootstraps and be productive. It’s quite a good therapy too; being productive. Lot’s of these ‘disease sufferers’ should try it. It cures all kinds of ails.

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axsym911 wrote:

Insomnia! EVERYONE has insomnia sometime. What a load of stuff.

Sep 06, 2011 8:06am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jlthor wrote:

There is a name for that EU mental illness, it’s called socialism!

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Ralphooo wrote:

This whole “smart ape” experiment is starting to look like a dead end.

Sep 06, 2011 8:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
rowley wrote:

Liberalism is a mental disease according to Dr. Michael Savage and he has been proven correct by this study by a bunch of liberals.

Sep 06, 2011 8:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
uisignorant wrote:

That is what liberalism will do to you. It is a mental disease!

Sep 06, 2011 9:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Richard1200 wrote:

The ones who are crazy are the ones working and paying the rest to sit on their butts, but Nooo way they will get treatment or the others will be responsible.

Sep 06, 2011 9:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
derekcrane wrote:

Socialism does that to you.

Sep 06, 2011 9:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
derekcrane wrote:

Socialism does that to you.

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jjd1965 wrote:

Ge, I would have thought it was higher.

Sep 06, 2011 9:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
paintcan wrote:

The statistics are probably very similar wherever it is possible to study a population. The article lumps a lot of issues under the heading of mental health that could have physical causes. There are people who cannot tolerate depression at all and do not try to deal with it and live with it and learn a little how the other half lives.

Stress is a cause of so many of the “mental” illnesses. It should come as no surprise that stress levels increase when economies come down with recession/depression themselves.

So many drug therapies have side effects and can even bring on the symptoms they are supposed to treat. And they are expensive and can add to the stress of economic hard times. But the medical profession is a profit driver industry like so many others and they are happy to take paying customers or their insurance. It’s good times for them.

The comments that try to suggest that conservatives are somehow less likely to have emotional issues than liberals are funny but not believable and just illustrate that the figure for so called “bipolarity” should be a lot higher. The economy, politics and culture wouldn’t be nearly as interesting without the opposite poles.

Maybe one of the keys to mental health is learning to have greater emotional range and to learn to “swing” without falling off the seat.

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USAPragmatist wrote:

LOL@all the commentators saying this is because of a ‘nanny’ state, you righties will use anything to promote you agenda of killing the social safety net. Anyhow maybe a little objective analysis will help you all, when you think about it this could be right. There are so many people, probably myself included at times, that have MINOR depression, anxiety, or other minor psychological issues, and they are probably the vast majority of this 40%. The social safety net is not the cause of this, but it is probably one of the reasons we can see it.

You on the right seriously need to learn how to do some objective analysis, we probably be in a MUCH better situation economically and socially if you all could, but NO let us by blinded by our ideology. You all are sure good at saying NO.

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ChurchSox wrote:

@forteinjeff: The US Surgeon General estimates about 20 percent of the US population has a mental disorder, and a further 6 percent has an addiction problem.

The official estimate for mental illness in China is officially estimated to be about 7 percent of the population. In India, it’s 6.5 percent. In Latin America the number is between 18 and 24 percent, varying from per country.

I would not conclude from this that Europeans are more unbalanced than the rest of the developed world without checking first whether the authors of this study have their funding coming up for renewal.

Sep 06, 2011 10:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
dareisay wrote:

Remember the old adage, “Idle hands…..” Maybe it also affects their mentality.

Sep 06, 2011 10:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
dareisay wrote:

Remember the old adage, “Idle hands…..” Maybe it also affects their mentality.

Sep 06, 2011 10:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse

“The Culture of Victimization” is alive and well in Europe — that’s what I get from this article.

Sep 06, 2011 10:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Sniper wrote:

Nearly 40 percent of Europeans suffer mental illness-And they vote almost exclusively as left wing/socialists

Sep 06, 2011 10:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
seattlesh wrote:

I think the US has them beat by a mile.

Sep 06, 2011 10:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:

I’m not sure if some of these conditions are acutally diseases, or merely a part of the Human Condition.

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ShortyStuff wrote:

This “mental illness” is commonly known as “liberalism”. You think I’m kidding, but I’m totally serious … read “Liberalism is a Mental Disorder”, available on amazon and other bookstores.

Sep 06, 2011 11:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Oh heavens! I’ve got BeenObama-ed Syndrome. Where do I go for disability compensation?

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rybo1 wrote:

Well, if it’s 40% in Europe, it must be at least 80% in the States.

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HarryHmmm wrote:

This is big psychopharma BullShip. Thank you for taking money Reuters to push psychiatric drugs across the world. Yes, people do know about your Thompson-Reuters Drugdex that allows US docs to prescribe drugs without FDA approval. You are worse pushers than the Columbian cartels.

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Romans118 wrote:

It’s not surprising to see a high rate of suicides and anti-social behaviors from the subjects in this study, considering that a high percentage of them are alcoholics and schizophrenics.

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Rukh13 wrote:

That’s nothing…100% of liberals suffer from mental illness!

Sep 06, 2011 12:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CanofSand wrote:

Hmm. The number seems a bit low.

Sep 06, 2011 12:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Emmi wrote:

Smart move to increase pharmaceutical sales. Just have us believe that we are all ill and we are happy to buy more drugs.

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bittercynic wrote:

Having lived in Europe for the better part of a decade I have to say that there is much less open support for people with common issues such as depression or anxiety. In the US there are magazine articles, TV Shows, dancing doctors, and all that stuff to help those who self-diagnose. And much of it probably helps — but in Europe, especially in Southern Europe, it is just never mentioned. I suspect it is more cultural than anything else. Also, mental health is not covered by most European national health plans the way it is in US private insurance plans.

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bittercynic wrote:

Having lived in Europe for the better part of a decade I have to say that there is much less open support for people with common issues such as depression or anxiety. In the US there are magazine articles, TV Shows, dancing doctors, and all that stuff to help those who self-diagnose. And much of it probably helps — but in Europe, especially in Southern Europe, it is just never mentioned. I suspect it is more cultural than anything else. Also, mental health is not covered by most European national health plans the way it is in US private insurance plans.

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opinions101 wrote:

So there is a 40 percent chance the people that produced these statistics are nuts.

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Dew2 wrote:

40% European population with mental illness is of no suprise to me. People void of God and burdened with Socialism will continually be added to the mental illness casualty list!

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biglipzulu wrote:

Extreme liberalism as is practiced in Europe often appears as a symptom of mental illness so no surprise there.

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Tedberens wrote:

Now more than ever: Don’t believe everything you read, nor “new studies” which come clothed as some sort of science.

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seacrestout wrote:

That is the same percentage of Americans as well.Who do think agrees with Obama ?40 percent of American nutjobs say Obama is doing a good job ,ask Gallop.

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Peteo wrote:

40% of Europeans are Liberals.

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pablo222 wrote:

The U.S. and India also have similar stats w/ India coming in at 50%. However there is a problem. The problem is how to define mental illness and who therefore becomes a statistic. So what is “normal”? Is there a range of normal? To what extent can an individual feel insecure obsessing about this or that and still be in a range termed “normal”? My guess is that a disproportional number of individuals counted as needing mental health intervention are really “normal”……meaning not dysfunctional to the point of not thriving. I point out that in the U.S. 10′s of thousands of children have been labelled ADHD. A good portion of those children do no more then act out in some minor way in school. Before 1990 they would not have been a statistic. So the article is in itself bogus. It paints a picture for a need to “treat” many who need no treatment.

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pedrichards wrote:

The best possible treatment: zinc as many doctors give to patients of hepatolenticular degeneration, as well as a chosen regimen of other supplements which would benefit someone with such an affliction, which have no side effects to speak of?

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Statistician wrote:

To be a bit more serious than a lot of the foolish ranting here about liberalism or socialism, I would suggest that a significant part of the story is the rise of dementia and Alzheimer’s and stroke may highlight the challenge of an aging population.

The issues of alcohol and depression are a second matter. I will be curious to see if these are more common in the former Eastern bloc as bright hopes of 20 years ago fade.

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dualcitizen wrote:

At the same time, some big drug companies are backing away from investment in research on how the brain works and affects behavior, putting the onus on governments and health charities to stump up funding for neuroscience.
“Those few receiving treatment do so with considerable delays of an average of several years and rarely with the appropriate, state-of-the-art therapies.”
See what happens when you socialize medicine? Put that in your pipe Obama and all you socialists.

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breezinthru wrote:

I doubt there are more mentally ill people in Europe than in most other places. There is just probably more people willing to claim they are mentally ill in order to receive a stipend and/or other financial benefits.

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seattlesh wrote:

Here in the US our problem is extensive brain damage.

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fred5407 wrote:

I look at the old adage and laugh. All the others are crazy except “thee and me” and I’m not so sure about thee. We are all a bit “out to lunch” at times. It goes with the territory. Fun to do studies when you set the parameters.

Sep 07, 2011 6:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

and i am certain that an easy 98% of the I.S. is either crazy or suffers from some form of mental or psychological deficit, I am also fairly certain the real number of europeans suffering from some form of mental or psychological disorder is in reality much higher than 40%, the fact is the way society is designed breeds mental instability…

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pedrichards wrote:

I can see why people are discussing costs as applied to treatment, versus the effectiveness, and the practicality of declaring such a large proportion of persons sick, or presenting aberrations. I believe, a la “Survival of the Sickest”, that diseases are more like adaptations which no longer suit environmental/lifestyle conditions. However, my own experience tells me that there is plenty of “room for improvement” in over %40 of people, and in the sense, specifically, of mental health, behavioral health, etc. The problem is that we have these health/societal/economic problems to contend with as we try to deal with the problems themselves by treating the disease, but we don’t even know the cause of the problems, so treatment is less than stellar, %100 obviously worthwhile, and its costly, and difficult. Personally, I wonder if the cure isn’t under our noses, considering the experience of someone I know who discovered they had hepatolenticular degeneration, aka Wilson’s Disease, and who, though, they perhaps never would have had any hope of being diagnosed, by a physician, with this disease hadn’t they pursued it, and, in fact, were totally disbelieved by some, recovered fantastically using a regimen of supplements designed for a person with WD.

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randydutton wrote:

Crazy is the new normal.

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BamaLori wrote:

One word people; GLUTEN Intolerence…. Solution: Low Fodmaps… Celiac makes you CRAZY…as well as SICK… fructose will do the same; Conditions cause chronic malabsorbtion of key vitamins and minerals from food…causing endocrine system to malfunction… Euro’s are genetically prone to gluten intolerence… In comes Amercian fast food, laden with it…is there any wonder we are all getiing sick and fat?? And the pharmacutecial companies are getting fat wallets? Change the diet, heal the body…foget medications, education is key!

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taptap wrote:

Yes! And 90% of those illnesses were manufactured by the pharmaceutical companies in the last century. GET REAL!!!!!

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puzzled wrote:

has anyone asked why the world in general is becoming more depressed and anxiety ridden? Lack of happiness and self satisfaction, wars, income disparities, drug and alcohol abuse….what else

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Transaction7 wrote:

Is there any readily available data breaking down this number by country, ethnicity, age, education, type of illness, etc., or comparing it with any similar and comparable data for the U. S.?

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74LS08 wrote:

JAPAN has highest suicide rate in the world. Doesn’t that alone is a proof that they are the most mentally sick society on the face of the Earth??
Oh’ and by the way they are by no means a socialist state…

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KimoLee wrote:

If you have mental illness here in the U.S. you better hope that your close to your family! The mild west coast states are crawling with the mentally ill and homeless. You cannot walk anywhere in downtown San Francisco, Berkeley, etc. without seeing a lot of mentally ill and homeless people. Sadly, I am accustomed to seeing them pushing shopping carts loaded with everything they own, wearing tons of clothing on the hottest of days and talking to themselves. Western Europe does not have that. I’m embarassed that “this” is acceptable in the U.S. and that people are so callous.

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localskeptic wrote:

for those who think this is soe scam by the pharm companies to generate business, then why the following, which is a quote from the article:

” ‘Mental disorders have become Europe’s largest health challenge of the 21st century’ the study’s authors said.

At the same time, some big drug companies are backing away from investment in research on how the brain works and affects behavior, putting the onus on governments and health charities to stump up funding for neuroscience. “

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