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Mental disorders estimated in 165 million in EU

About 38 per cent of Europeans, or 165 million people, have some type of mental illness and that most are going untreated, a new study estimates.

About 38 per cent of Europeans, or 165 million people, have some type of mental illness and that most are going untreated, a new study estimates. 

Researchers analyzed data from more than 500 million people in 30 countries in the European Union plus Switzerland, Iceland and Norway.
Arsenal soccer star Tony Adams holds up a copy of his book called Addicted during its launch. Alcohol addiction is among the most common mental disorders according to a new report on mental illness in Europe. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

The experts surveyed more than 90 different problems, from attention deficit disorders in children to dementia in Alzheimer's patients. Rates of mental disorders didn't appear to be rising, compared to a similar study in 2005.

The most common problems included anxiety disorders, insomnia, depression, alcohol and drug dependence and dementia. Experts estimated only one-third of people receive treatment.

The study was published Tuesday by the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

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