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Mental health in the United Kingdom

Most mental health problems are not easily defined. The American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems are most generally used. According to Mind about 25% of the adult population will experience a mental health problem each year.

In 2014 the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey reported that 17% of those surveyed in England met the criteria for a common mental disorder and about 37% of those were accessing mental health treatment. Those more severely affected were more likely to be accessing services. In 2017 a survey found that 65% of Britons have experienced a mental health problem, with 26% having had a panic attack and 42% saying they had suffered from depression.

Pregnant women and new mothers who develop mental health problems get inadequate help from the NHS and how much help they get is subject to a postcode lottery. Some take their own lives; suicide is the most common cause of death among mothers who gave birth within the previous year. The NHS considers that up to 20% of the 775,000 women who give birth annually have a mental health problem connected with carrying a child or giving birth. This includes anxiety disorders, depression and psychotic illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. According to Claire Murdoch, NHS England's national mental health director, “As recently as 2014, only 3% of the country had good access to perinatal mental health care..." | Wikipedia

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