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In 1993, adults aged 16-64 in Great Britain with neurotic health problems were four to five times more likely than ...
In 1993, adults aged 16-64 in Great Britain with neurotic health problems were four to five times more likely than those without a neurotic disorder to be permanently unable to work.

The prevalence of neurotic disorder among adults with a severe lack of social support (29 per cent), was double that of adults with no such lack of support (14 per cent).

Among regular drinkers, alcohol dependence was more than twice as common among those with a neurotic disorder (12 per cent) than those with no such disorder (5 per cent).

Among those with a psychotic disorder, 22 per cent had difficulty managing money such as budgeting for food or paying bills.

These are among the main findings from the third report of the OPCS surveys of psychiatric morbidity in Great Britain, published today (9 January) by OPCS. This report presents further findings from the survey of psychiatric morbidity among adults aged 16-64 living in private households in Great Britain.

This report focuses mainly on the economic activity and social functioning of people aged 16-64 with neurotic disorders.

It describes their economic activity, financial circumstances, difficulties with activities of daily living and the help needed and received, experience of recent stressful life events and coping strategies, the extent of social support from family and friends, participation in social activities, and cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, drug use and its consequences.

The OPCS surveys of psychiatric morbidity are the first nationally representative survey on this subject to be carried out in Great Britain.

The aim of the surveys was to provide up-to-date information about the prevalence of mental illness among adults as well as associated social disabilities, use of services, stressful life events, and lifestyle indicators.

The private household survey is one of four separate surveys carried out between April 1993 and August 1994. Three other surveys looked at adults living in institutions, homeless people, and adults with psychosis. The surveys were commissioned by the department of health, the Scottish home and mhealth department, and the Welsh office.

-- OPCS Surveys of Psychiatric Morbidity in Great Britain. Report 3. Economic activity and social functioning of adults with psychiatric disorders HMSO £17 net. ISBN 0 11 691653.

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