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What percentage of the world suffers from mental illness?

Asked by F. Lopez, Last updated: Sep 16, 2020

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E.Evelyn

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Answered Feb 13, 2020

Mental illness is becoming a major problem in the world today. Its effects are not only limited to those suffering from it, but those that are enjoying good mental health are also being affected in some ways. According to a recent statistic released by the World Health Organization, it has been discovered that about 10 percent of the total population is suffering from one mental illness or the other. Different countries have their own statistics.

The 10 percent estimation covers all kinds of mental illness or disorders like anxiety disorders, eating disorders, mood disorders, etc. Children and adolescents take about 20 percent of the total population of those who are suffering from mental illness. The causes of mental illness have been attributed to so many things. And researches have shown that mental illness has a way of influencing the physical fitness or health of an individual. Mental illness can also affect the economic and social well-being of an individual.

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I.Isabella

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Answered Feb 07, 2020

The correct answer to this question is 13%. Ourworldindata.org, a statistics site, concludes that 13% of the population in the world is suffering from mental illness. This equates to over 900 people in the world that suffer from substance abuse or mental illness.

To break the statistic down even further, the WHO (World Health Organization) states that one in four people are suffering from a mental disorder. Out of all the countries in the world, the United States of America has the highest mental illness rate. This rate goes hand in hand with the drug abuse problems that many are facing in the country.

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Anika Nicole

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Answered Jan 08, 2020

13%.
According to ourworldindata.org, about 13 percent of the world’s population which is over 900 million people suffer from mental illness or substance use disorder. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental disorder affects at least one in four people. The statistics are constantly on the rise. We need to start taking our mental health more seriously.

The United States has the highest rate of mental illness all over the world. Following the United States closely is Ukraine; mental illness in Ukraine is highly influenced by the high rate of substance abuse in the nation.


The most common mental health illnesses are depression, dementia, anxiety disorder, substance abuse, and an eating disorder. Dementia is the fastest-growing mental illness in the world. A lack of urgency and misinformation are the leading causes of mental health diseases.

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