In War Zones, 1 in 5 Suffer Mental Health Conditions

Previous counts greatly underestimated those living in conflict zones who suffer from mental disorders, new WHO estimates published in The Lancet reveal.
 
More than 1 in 5 live with some form of mental disorder, from mild depression to psychosis; nearly 1 in 10 have a moderate or severe mental disorder.
 
That’s a sharp jump from 2016 estimates of 1 in 16 in conflict zones with mental health problems, the Guardian notes—but the authors, led by the University of Queensland’s Fiona Charlson, are confident their review captured more inclusive criteria.
 
During conflicts, clinical needs of people with severe disorders are “too often neglected,” the authors say. But emergencies also bring opportunities to introduce quality mental health services. “In many cases, it is this very support that helps dispel myths about mental illness and leads to treatment and care,” the WHO reports.

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