People With Mental Disorders Have Higher Mortality Risk, study says


A new study in JAMA Psychiatry finds that the risk of mortality among those with mental disorders is more than twice that of individuals without one. This corresponds to findings in past studies, which have shown increased mortality risk in those with mental illnesses.

This latest study qualifies the mortality risk in people with mental illness through meta-analysis. "Quantifying and understanding the excess mortality among people with mental disorders can inform approaches for addressing this persistent issue and widen discussion of the effect of mental disorders on mortality," say the authors.

Study reflects previous analysis of mortality risk of people with mental health disorders

The study, lead by Elizabeth Walker of Emory University in Atlanta, included 203 studies in its analysis, coming from 29 countries over six continents. These studies either compared the mortality risk of people with mental health disorders against the general population or against people without mental illnesses. The results showed that the mortality risk for those with mental disorders was 2.22 times higher than the risk of those without mental illness as well as the general population.

The researchers calculated that as many as eight million deaths per year can be attributed to mental health disorders.

Source: JAMA Psychiatry


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