Study Predicts 50% of Population Will Have a Mental Disorder by Age 75

( – The age of mass shootings and social media-based narcissism is upon us. A recent peer-reviewed study has determined that if current trends continue unabated, one out of every two people will develop at least one psychiatric malady by the time they reach old age.

Researchers from Harvard and the University of Queensland gathered statistics from 156,000 participants in 29 countries over the course of 21 years. From 2001 to 2022, respondents took part in 32 different WHO diagnostic surveys.

Two decades of data showed that men have a 46 percent chance of manifesting a mental illness during their lifetimes. Females are more likely to develop a disorder, with 53 percent being at risk. While men are more likely to deal with alcohol abuse, women are more likely to develop PTSD.

The overall lifetime prevalence for any psychiatric condition was 28.6 percent for men and 29.8 percent for women. Females were almost 10 percent more likely than males to face a morbidity risk from their disorders by the age of 75. The median age for when symptoms of mental illness first begin to manifest was 19 for men and 20 for women.

Five percent of total respondents reported dealing with specific phobias, which are defined as anxieties that are debilitating enough to cause problems in one’s daily routine. Women were shown to suffer from the issue at double the rate of men.

Major depressive disorder was almost twice as likely to occur in women as it was in men. 13.6 percent of females reported suffering from it, while only 7.5 percent of men identified it as a problem.

A 2022 survey showed that 90 percent of adults in the U.S. believe the country is in the midst of a mental health emergency.

In 2021, the CDC released a report showing that more than 10 percent of American high school students claimed to have recently attempted suicide.

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