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Lifetime prevalence of mental health disorders and delay in treatment following initial onset: evidence from the Northern Ireland Study of Health and Stress

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Bunting, Brendan, Murphy, Sam, O'Neill, Siobhan and Ferry, Finola (2011) Lifetime prevalence of mental health disorders and delay in treatment following initial onset: evidence from the Northern Ireland Study of Health and Stress. Psychological Medicine, 2011 . pp. 1-13. [Journal article]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/S0033291711002510

Abstract

Background. The current study provides the first epidemiological estimates of lifetime mental disorders across NI based on DSM-IV criteria. Risk factors, delays in treatment and the experience of conflict are also examined.Method. Nationally representative face-to-face household survey of 4340 individuals aged o18 years in NI using the Composite International Diagnostic Interview. Analyses were implemented using SAS and STATA software.Results. Lifetime prevalence of any disorder was 39.1% while projected lifetime risk was 48.6%. Individuals who experienced conflict were more likely to have had an anxiety, mood or impulse-control disorder. Treatment delays were substantial for anxiety and substance disorders.Conclusions. Results from this study show that mental disorders are highly prevalent in Northern Ireland. The elevated rates of post-traumatic stress disorder in relation to other countries and the association of living ‘ in a region of terror ’ disorders suggests that civil conflict has had an additional impact on mental health. Given substantial delays in treatment, further research is required to investigate the factors associated with failure and delay in treatment seeking.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute
Psychology Research Institute > The Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing
Psychology Research Institute > Psychological Epidemiology and Mental Health
ID Code:22374
Deposited By:Miss Finola Ferry
Deposited On:19 Jun 2012 09:23
Last Modified:09 Apr 2014 16:27

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