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* Of the ten most burdensome diseases in the world in 2020, five will be psychiatric disorders – with depression the number one disease world-wide for women.
These are the findings of a study conducted jointly by the University of Harvard and the World Bank. Population studies tell us that in the course of a year 15-20% of the population will suffer from a mental illness, be they children, adolescents or adults. Compared to other European countries, mental health in France is relatively poor (in a comparison of 11 countries France rates 9th in terms of good psychological health and 3rd for psychological distress). Rates of depression and anxiety are particularly high, such that France is classed in last position for overall psychological well-being. (Source : Plan Psychiatrie et Santé Mentale 2005-2008)