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PSYCHIC TROUBLES

  • One in eight people in the world have a mental disorder, or 1 billion people

  • Mental disorders cause a major alteration in thinking, emotion regulation or behavior.

  • There are many types of mental disorders.

  • Effective prevention and treatment options exist.

  • Most sick people do not have access to effective care.

A psychological disorder is characterized by a major alteration, on a clinical level, of an individual's cognitive state, emotion regulation or behavior.
It is usually accompanied by feelings of distress or functional impairments in important areas. There are many types of disorders also referred to as mental health problems. This latter, broader expression includes psychological disorders, psychosocial disabilities and other mental states associated with a feeling of distress, functional impairments or a risk of significant self-aggressive behavior.

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MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES IN FRANCE SINCE 2021

HERE IS SOME NUMBERS RECORDED BY THE FRENCH MUTUALITY OBSERVATORY IN 2021

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THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PSYCHIC DISORDERS
(quantified data dating from 2019)

Anxiety disorders (Anxiety, phobias and OCD)

In 2019, 301 million people had an anxiety disorder, including 58 million children and adolescents. Anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive fear and worry and related behavioral problems. Symptoms are severe enough to cause significant distress or major functional impairments. There are several types of anxiety disorders: generalized anxiety disorder (manifested by excessive worry), panic disorder (manifested by panic attacks), social anxiety disorder (manifested by excessive fear and worry in social situations), separation anxiety disorder (manifested by fear or anxiety at the idea of being separated from people with whom one has a deep emotional connection), etc. Effective psychological treatments exist and, depending on the age and severity of the disorder, drug treatments can also be considered.

Health systems and social support

Health systems do not yet adequately respond to the needs of people with mental disorders and face a glaring lack of resources. Across the world, there is a gaping gap between treatment availability and therapeutic needs. What’s more, the treatments administered are often of poor quality. For example, only 29% of people with psychosis and a third of people with depression receive formal mental health care.

Furthermore, individuals living with a mental disorder need social support, particularly to form and maintain personal, family and social relationships. They may also need help with training, finding employment and housing, and taking part in other interesting activities.

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