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Revisiting the one in four: the prevalence of psychiatric disorder in the population of England 2000–2014

Bebbington, PE; McManus, S; (2019) Revisiting the one in four: the prevalence of psychiatric disorder in the population of England 2000–2014. The British Journal of Psychiatry 10.1192/bjp.2019.196. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Mental health problems are often said to affect one in four people in Britain, although with no consistent explanation of what the figure includes. We used three English national population surveys of psychiatric morbidity from 2000, 2007 and 2014 to provide prevalence rates for recent psychiatric problems. We combined disorders progressively to demonstrate the effects of cumulation. Psychosis had a prevalence of around 1%, severe common mental disorders added about 8%, and including less-severe common mental disorders gave a value around one in six. The figure of one in four required the inclusion of various other disorders. These values were strikingly stable over the surveys.

Type: Article
Title: Revisiting the one in four: the prevalence of psychiatric disorder in the population of England 2000–2014
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1192/bjp.2019.196
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.2019.196
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Royal College of Psychiatrists 2019. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Mental disorders; epidemiology; prevalence; temporal change; national survey.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > IoN RLW Inst of Neurological Sci
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10081379
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