By Neuroscience News
A groundbreaking international study reveals a stark reality - one in two people will grapple with a mental health disorder in their lifetime.
Leading this research, experts from The University of Queensland and Harvard Medical School analysed data from over 150,000 adults across 29 countries.
This immense study highlights the worrying prevalence of mental health issues, with half the population expected to develop at least one disorder by the age of 75.
Depression, anxiety, and specific phobias were identified as the most common mental health issues faced by people worldwide.
The study unveiled distinct gender differences in the types of disorders most commonly experienced, with alcohol abuse prominent in men and PTSD in women.
Most mental health disorders first surface during childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood, with 15 being the peak age of first onset.
The findings stress the need for investment in mental health services, particularly those targeting young people at critical stages in their lives.
With this understanding of when disorders commonly arise, resources can be allocated more effectively, offering timely support to those at risk.