1 in 2 Adolescents Suffers from Mental Disorder

Updated at: Feb 24, 2012
1 in 2 Adolescents Suffers from Mental Disorder

Depression – Research indicates that 1 in 2 adolescents suffer from mental disorders. Mental disorders in adolescents is a global phenomenon and accounts for up to 45% of their disease burden. 

Arpita De
Mental HealthWritten by: Arpita DePublished at: Feb 24, 2012

A study published in Lancet Neurology is of the opinion that 1 in every 2 adolescents especially between the ages of 10 and 24 suffers from mental disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, alcohol dependence and bipolar disorder. These mental disorders add up to more than 45% of the disease burden borne by adolescents. This trend is not localised but is a global phenomenon.


The study was conducted to monitor the leading causes that affect the health of adolescents compared to the factors that affect the health of the general population. It has been found that the major risk factors that affect the future health of all age groups are hygiene, unsafe sex, unclean water and alcohol abuse. However, for those aged 10 – 24 the major risk factors are lack of contraception, iron deficiency, drug abuse and alcohol.


The mental health of adolescents being affected by mental disorders has been a major cause of worry for most researchers. However, they are yet to investigate the lifestyle triggers that lead to such drastic behavioural and mental damage.




All possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; however Onlymyhealth.com does not take any liability for the same. Using any information provided by the website is solely at the viewers’ discretion. In case of any medical exigencies/ persistent health issues, we advise you to seek a qualified medical practitioner before putting to use any advice/tips given by our team or any third party in form of answers/comments on the above mentioned website.

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK