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Personality Disorders Prevalent, Under-Treated, in South Africa
September 4, 2008 • Science Update
Almost seven percent of South African people age 20 or older have a personality disorder, an umbrella term for several personality types characterized by chronic social dysfunction, a large study funded by NIMH and others reveals. However, less than one-fifth of the people with a disorder received mental-health treatment in the year before the study.
Mental Disorders Cost Society Billions in Unearned Income
May 7, 2008 • Press Release
Major mental disorders cost the nation at least $193 billion annually in lost earnings alone.
Mental Disorders Persist Among Hurricane Katrina Survivors
January 24, 2008 • Science Update
More residents affected by Hurricane Katrina are enduring mental disorders than was initially determined a few months after the storm.
National Survey Tracks Prevalence of Personality Disorders in U.S. Population
October 18, 2007 • Science Update
NIMH-funded researchers recently reported that roughly nine percent of U.S. adults have a personality disorder as defined by the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-IV. Many people with personality disorders were also found to have co-occurring major mental disorders.
Mental Disorders Account for Large Percentage of Adult Role Disability
October 1, 2007 • Science Update
An NIMH-funded study finds that more than half of U.S. adults have a mental or physical condition that prevents them from working or conducting their usual duties (e.g., role disability) for several days each year, and a large portion of those days can be attributed to mental disorders.
Drops in SSRI prescription rates may coincide with increases in youth suicides
September 19, 2007 • Science Update
A 2004 spike in suicide rates may have coincided with a drop in antidepressant prescriptions for youth, following warnings from U.S. and European regulatory agencies that the medications might trigger suicidal thoughts.
Global Survey Reveals Significant Gap in Meeting World's Mental Health Care Needs
September 6, 2007 • Press Release
Mental disorders rank among the top ten illnesses causing disability—more than 37 percent worldwide—with depression being the leading cause of disability among people ages 15 and older, according to the Global Burden of Disease and Risk Factors published in 2006.
Parents' Diagnoses Help to Distinguish Childhood Bipolar Disorder from Severe Mood Dysregulation
August 6, 2007 • Science Update
The parents of children who have bipolar disorder are more likely to have bipolar disorder themselves than the parents of children who have severe mood dysregulation (SMD). This finding challenges the notion of some research that suggests SMD is a type of more broadly defined childhood bipolar disorder.
New Insights on how Mental Health is Influenced by Culture and Immigration Status
July 11, 2007 • Science Update
A special issue of Research in Human Development published in June 2007, examines current trends in prevalence and risk factors for mental disorders across the lifespan in diverse U.S. minority populations.
Bipolar Spectrum Disorder May Be Underrecognized and Improperly Treated
May 7, 2007 • Press Release
A new study supports earlier estimates of the prevalence of bipolar disorder in the U.S. population, and suggests the illness may be more accurately characterized as a spectrum disorder.
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