As noted in the article “Cancer vs. Mental Illness: Surprising Results,” researchers found that depression had the highest burden of all nine conditions measured.
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The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on recent health news out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, reporting that mental illnesses and addictions take more of a toll on the population’s health than cancer or infectious diseases.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/cancer-articles/cancer-vs-mental-illness-surprising-results), researchers have found that the overall burden of mental illness and addictions in the province of Ontario is 1.5 times higher than all cancers, and seven times higher than all infectious diseases. Those kinds of results can easily be extrapolated to consider all of Canada and the U.S.
As noted in the article “Cancer vs. Mental Illness: Surprising Results,” researchers found that depression had the highest burden of all nine conditions measured. Incredibly, the burden on people and society was greater than lung, colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers—combined. The World Health Organization confirms that this is a global crisis, and mental issues must start being addressed more openly.
As the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article explains, the “burden” the report refers to is the negative impact of an illness on life expectancy and quality of life. It’s based on factors like pain, day-to-day functioning, and social relations. Here, burden was calculated using a measure called a health-adjusted life year (HALY)—the amount of healthy life lost.
The report found that, overall, the nine conditions measured contributed to the loss of more than 600,000 HALYs in Ontario. In addition to alcohol abuse and depression, conditions examined were bipolar disorder, social phobia, schizophrenia, panic disorder, agoraphobia, cocaine addiction, and prescription opioid misuse.
(SOURCE: Ratnasingham S et al., “Opening Eyes, Opening Minds: The Ontario Burden of Mental Illness and Addictions Report,” Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, October 2012.)
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