What’s the Worst Mental Illness?

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What is the Worst Mental Illness?

That depends on how you judge it. You could judge it by suicide rate, in which case:

  1. Anorexia is the worst with about a 20-25% suicide rate*
  2. Bipolar is second worst with about a 15% suicide rate
  3. Schizophrenia is third worst with about a 10% suicide rate

You could judge the worst mental illness based on disability rates in which case you would probably get:

  1. Schizophrenia as the worst
  2. Bipolar as second worst
  3. Depression as third worst (although more people with depression are on disability overall)

Perhaps schizophrenia is the worst as it’s associated with more psychosis (delusions and hallucination). Perhaps major depression is worst because of the number of treatment-resistant cases.

Or perhaps the answer is simply this: The worst mental illness is the one you have.


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