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The mad and sad die younger – maybe

It’s claimed that people diagnosed with mental disorders on average are twice as likely to die, and die about ten years younger than other people, according to a meta-analysis of 203 studies from 29 countries published in JAMA Psychiatry.

The study estimates that 14.3% of deaths worldwide, or approximately 8 million deaths a year, are attributable to mental disorders.

The study’s findings have been disputed by an academic at the University of Adelaide, who argues that the authors vastly overestimated the total numbers of deaths, because they multiplied the death rates they found by mental disorder prevalence rates from screening surveys of the general population.