Mental Attitude: Mortality Risk Much Higher in People with Mental Disorders.

Mental Attitude: Mortality Risk Much Higher in People with Mental Disorders.

According to researchers, approximately eight million deaths worldwide annually can be attributed to mental health disorders and the mortality risk of people with mental health disorders is 2.22 times higher than the mortality risk of individuals without mental illness. The researchers write, “People with mental disorders experience a high burden of mortality at the individual and population levels. Reduction of this burden will require a focus on less prevalent but more severe diagnoses and more common mental disorders. Likewise, efforts must be made to prevent and manage comorbid medical conditions and reduce the occurrence of unnatural deaths in this vulnerable population.”

JAMA Psychiatry, February 2015

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