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Mental Illness And Society Essay

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This essay will focus completely on Mental illness in the UK. To gather my research I used various resources such as websites and books. I have also viewed YouTube videos in order to expand my knowledge. The statistics gathered may not be totally accurate in discussing mental health within the UK for the sources are secondary but it is reliable for giving a view of what the distribution is like amongst gender, age, class as well as ethnicity.
When looking at the British society, mental health disorders are actually extremely common. When viewing the National Statistics, it stated that about one in six adults will have a mental health problem. Leading to an additional study, stating that around 30 individuals out of every 100 will experience mental health problems and this is on a yearly basis. While looking at the National Statistic it was shown that depression and anxiety is the most common form of mental distress between the years 1993 and 2000. While anxiety and depression is most common, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive has remained the least common, for in the year 1993 OCD had a figure of 1.7% of the adult population which later on in 2000 decreases by 0.5%. Likewise panic disorder, which reduced from 1% in 1993 to 0.7% in 2000.
In addition, statistics show that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem during each year. Also that around 10% of children in Britain suffer from a mental health disorder. It is also evidential that depression affects 1 in 5 older people, as for prisons in Britain, only 1 in 10 prisoners have no mental health problem. When looking at various mental health disorders, postnatal depression affects between 0.1% and 0.2% of new mothers within Britain. As for schizophrenia, national statistics suggest that 5 in 1000 people experience schizophrenia which leads to the conclusion of it being the most serious mental health condition in the UK today. Furthermore it was also found that OCD occurs surprisingly equally amongst both males and females and symptoms tend to begin during adolescence for men and early twenties for women.
The spread of mental illness continues to be of concern especially in Britain. For statistic say that 70% of the prison population has a mental health disorder. As known, there are a high quantity of mental health disorders. As each 7 year period arrives, the English government do a survey in order to measure the various disorders which are common in our society today. This survey was done in 2009 and reported that for depression 2.6 in 100 people were diagnosed. As for anxiety, 4.7 in 100 people, phobias, 2.6 in 100 people, OCD, 1.3 in 100 people, eating disorders, 1.6 in 100 people. This survey also covered bipolar, schizophrenia and personality disorders. It enclosed that as for personality disorders, 3 to 5 people in every 100 are suffering.
Another concern is the distribution of mental illness across the UK. The graph below was taken from the Health Survey department of...

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